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  • Barry Wellman: Pp. 10-25 in Digital Cities II: Computational and Sociological Approaches, edited by Makoto Tanabe, Peter van den Besselaar and Toru Ishida. Berlin: Springer, 2002.


  • 1. Setting the context: why we need new learning models George Siemens, PhD October 16, 2012
  • 2. Complex problems
  • 3. Knowledge problems
  • 4. Social problems
  • 5. “…the fundamental task of education is to enculturate youth into this knowledge- creating civilization and to help them find a place in it…traditional educational practices – with its emphasis on knowledge transmission – as well as newer constructivist methods both appear to be limited in scope if not entirely missing the point” Scardamalia and Bereiter (2006, Cambridge Handbook of Learning Sciences)
  • 6. The growing influence of networks as a model for understanding the world…
  • 7. Political blogosphere, 2004 Blue Brain 3D File ManagerHierarchy Edge Bundles
  • 8. Recognition of complexity andnetworks as underpinning attributes of social, science, education
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  • 12. Making the world’s knowledge relatable
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  • 14. Wellman (2002)
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  • 16. Weak tiesEmpirical evidence that the stronger the tieconnecting two individuals, the more similar theyare, in various ways Mark Granovetter (1973)
  • 17. Our education system faces information that is:OpenAccessibleDistributedScalableSocialNetworkedSelf-organizedAdaptiveGlobalMultimedia-based
  • 18. “The world is one big data problem” Gilad Elbaz
  • 19. “Social data is set to be surpassed in the dataeconomy, though, by data published byphysical, real-world objects like sensors, smartgrids and connected devices.” b_internet_of_things.php
  • 20. Externalization of thought and concepts
  • 21. …so that it can beanalyzed, interpreted, tested, evaluate d
  • 22. MOOCsMassive (maybe)Open (sort of)Online (yep)Course (sort of)
  • 23. A bit of (recent) history:2007:- David Wiley: open wiki-based course- Alec Couros: Social media and Open Education2008:- CCK08- Slew of other open courses2011:- Stanford AI births Coursera and Udacity
  • 24. Phil Hill, 2012
  • 25. gsiemens @ gmail Twitter Skype FB