The Role of Educator in a    Networked WorldStephen Downes, November 8, 2011 for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, ...
Recent Work  - the development of online learning     software, such as gRSShopper,     Synergic3, and Plearn  - offering ...
This Approach:  - emphasizes open learning and learner    autonomy  - argues that course content is merely a    tool emplo...
Major Underlying Theme:  - the role of the educator will change dramatically  - not a ‘sage on the stage’  - neither merel...
Some Examples-   Free Video Lectures http://freevideolectures.com/-   Roots and Shoots http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campa...
Something changes...• It no longer makes sense to talk of ‘the instructor’• Contemporary online learning posits ‘course  t...
The Roles:
The Learner                              What is it?                              Examples                              Wh...
The Collector                                 What is it?                                 Examples                        ...
The Curator                               What is it?                               Examples                              ...
The Alchemist                              What is it?                              Examples                              ...
The Programmer                                What is it?                                Examples                         ...
The Salesperson                                What is it?                                Examples                        ...
The Convener                             What is it?                             Examples                             Who ...
The Coordinator                              What is it?                              Examples                            ...
The Designer                                 What is it?                                 Examples                         ...
The Coach                             What is it?                             Examples                             Who Doe...
The AgitatorWhat is it?ExamplesWho Does It?
The Facilitator                             What is it?                             Examples                             W...
Tech Support                              What is it?                              Examples                              W...
The Moderator                                    What is it?                                    Examples                  ...
The Critic                              What is it?                              Examples                              Who...
The Lecturer                               What is it?                               Examples                             ...
The Demonstrator                              What is it?                              Examples                           ...
The Mentor                             What is it?                             Examples                             Who Do...
The Connector                              What is it?                              Examples                              ...
The Theorizer                               What is it?                               Examples                            ...
The Sharer                            What is it?                            Examples                            Who Does ...
The Evaluator                              What is it?                              Examples                              ...
The Bureaucrat                                  What is it?                                  Examples                     ...
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In this presentation I revisit the 'role of the educator' discussion I offered last year for the same course, offering a point of view stressing a new approach to learning, and drawing out the consequences of that in a series of new roles for educators, leading to the conclusion that the role of the educator itself will be unbundled in the world of online learning. For audio and related resources please see http://www.downes.ca/presentation/285

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  1. 1. The Role of Educator in a Networked WorldStephen Downes, November 8, 2011 for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, Alec Couros
  2. 2. Recent Work - the development of online learning software, such as gRSShopper, Synergic3, and Plearn - offering a series of open online courses, such as CCK08 and 09, CritLit, and PLENK, Change11 - theorizing around the idea of connective knowledge and learning communities - writing OLDaily, giving talks, attending conferences (input input input)
  3. 3. This Approach: - emphasizes open learning and learner autonomy - argues that course content is merely a tool employed to support learning, rather than the object of learning - promotes a pedagogy of learning by engagement and activity within an authentic learning community - fosters a wider and often undefined set of competencies - exercises in activities requiring those competencies - grows knowledge rather than to transfer or construct knowledge through cognitive processes
  4. 4. Major Underlying Theme: - the role of the educator will change dramatically - not a ‘sage on the stage’ - neither merely that of the ‘guide by the side’ - students need to be able to look to prototypes on which to model their own work - the instructor, therefore, is required to take an active role in the disciplinary or professional community, demonstrating tactics and techniques, and modeling the approach, language and world view of a successful practitioner.
  5. 5. Some Examples- Free Video Lectures http://freevideolectures.com/- Roots and Shoots http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns- Challenge Based Learning http://ali.apple.com/cbl/- Serialized Courses http://course.downes.ca- Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/
  6. 6. Something changes...• It no longer makes sense to talk of ‘the instructor’• Contemporary online learning posits ‘course teams’, but even this is too narrow• Dozens of roles need to be filled
  7. 7. The Roles:
  8. 8. The Learner What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.freeprintablecoloringpages.net/showcover/School/Sad_Student
  9. 9. The Collector What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://satisfactorycomics.blogspot.com/2009/02/darwin-cartoons-for-darwins-200th.html
  10. 10. The Curator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.indiaifa.org/stafftrusteearticle.asp?id=171
  11. 11. The Alchemist What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://heterodoxology.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/an-etiology-of-angelic-vision-article-on-john-dee-and-edward-kelly-in-aries/
  12. 12. The Programmer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/lazy-programmer/
  13. 13. The Salesperson What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://therealestateloungechicago.com/2009/11/21/chicago-south-loop-condo-auction/
  14. 14. The Convener What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.coneinc.com/content2028
  15. 15. The Coordinator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.primopix.com/biography.shtml
  16. 16. The Designer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://illustration-design.blogspot.com/2008/12/caricatures-of-design-forum.html
  17. 17. The Coach What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://printables.kaboose.com/soccer-cartoon.html
  18. 18. The AgitatorWhat is it?ExamplesWho Does It?
  19. 19. The Facilitator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0807e/t0807e04.htm
  20. 20. Tech Support What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.jroller.com/mert/entry/a_day_of_a_software
  21. 21. The Moderator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://scintillatingly-astute.blogspot.com/
  22. 22. The Critic What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://frankkennedysillustrations.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html
  23. 23. The Lecturer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://kajsaha.com/2009/05/kojo-antwi-and-accomodation-in-ghana/
  24. 24. The Demonstrator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.aryadevi.co.cc/2010/10/bagaimana-gaya-guru-idealnya.html
  25. 25. The Mentor What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.sinigaglia.com/drstest5/page38/page38.html
  26. 26. The Connector What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://blogs.rediff.com/balanmangudi/
  27. 27. The Theorizer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/08/50-clever-tutorials-and-techniques-on-traditional-drawing/
  28. 28. The Sharer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.kookerkids.com/Coloring/color_3_sharing.htm
  29. 29. The Evaluator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.powayusd.com/teachers/dsykes/viking_age_archaeology_on_the_is.htm
  30. 30. The Bureaucrat What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/kerry/1955/xx/aflciomerger.htm
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