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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......

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. The Role of Educator in a Networked WorldStephen Downes, November 8, 2011 for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, Alec Couros
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Roles:
  • 8. The Learner What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.freeprintablecoloringpages.net/showcover/School/Sad_Student
  • 9. The Collector What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://satisfactorycomics.blogspot.com/2009/02/darwin-cartoons-for-darwins-200th.html
  • 10. The Curator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.indiaifa.org/stafftrusteearticle.asp?id=171
  • 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. The Programmer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/lazy-programmer/
  • 13. The Salesperson What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://therealestateloungechicago.com/2009/11/21/chicago-south-loop-condo-auction/
  • 14. The Convener What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.coneinc.com/content2028
  • 15. The Coordinator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.primopix.com/biography.shtml
  • 16. The Designer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://illustration-design.blogspot.com/2008/12/caricatures-of-design-forum.html
  • 17. The Coach What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://printables.kaboose.com/soccer-cartoon.html
  • 18. The AgitatorWhat is it?ExamplesWho Does It?
  • 19. The Facilitator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0807e/t0807e04.htm
  • 20. Tech Support What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.jroller.com/mert/entry/a_day_of_a_software
  • 21. The Moderator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://scintillatingly-astute.blogspot.com/
  • 22. The Critic What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://frankkennedysillustrations.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html
  • 23. The Lecturer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://kajsaha.com/2009/05/kojo-antwi-and-accomodation-in-ghana/
  • 24. The Demonstrator What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.aryadevi.co.cc/2010/10/bagaimana-gaya-guru-idealnya.html
  • 25. The Mentor What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.sinigaglia.com/drstest5/page38/page38.html
  • 26. The Connector What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://blogs.rediff.com/balanmangudi/
  • 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. The Sharer What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.kookerkids.com/Coloring/color_3_sharing.htm
  • 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. The Bureaucrat What is it? Examples Who Does It?Image: http://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/kerry/1955/xx/aflciomerger.htm