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Eden Porto 2012 - Fellows Meeting
Eden Porto 2012 - Fellows Meeting
Eden Porto 2012 - Fellows Meeting
Eden Porto 2012 - Fellows Meeting
Eden Porto 2012 - Fellows Meeting
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  • 1. Alan BruceULS IrelandEDEN Porto June 2012
  • 2.  Defining - and agreeing - scale of social challenge occurring around us Understanding the extent of change In a transformed world all institutions are transformed E-learning as symptom and solution Unlocking e-learning’s Pandora’s box:  Tahrir Square to Occupy to los Indignados
  • 3.  Planetary urbanization Struggles over ownership, control and resources Equality, access and inclusion – the mirage of human rights Acceleration of contradictions Understanding crisis – living with crisis Tsunamis of globalization: obliteration of borders… but creation of connectivity
  • 4.  Ubiquity and access Innovation – the failed imperative Schools, Teachers, Families, Communities Continuing debate over quality and assessment Replacement or supplement: masks institutional crisis of European educational systems Freedom, openness and creativity in the digital economy
  • 5.  Continuing impact of debate on privatization Critical reflection vs. commodification of knowledge: where does e-learning position itself? Peer-to-peer learning economy Free speech and autonomous expression Openness as global logic based on free and open- source software Battles over digital rights management and IPR Links between open content, open science and open collaboration make collaborative creativity sustainable Move from Information Age to Conceptual Age (Daniel Pink 2005)
  • 6.  Possible solution: not panacea Digitization transforms all aspects of cultural production and consumption New digital logics alter traditional organization of knowledge, education and culture Engaging with obsolete structures – the issue of Power New grammar of digital culture is being created (Michael Peters 2012)
  • 7.  Learning as issue of identity and creativity: eLearning as eMeaning Processes of creativity no longer controlled by traditional knowledge institutions Creativity now facilitated by platforms and infrastructures that encourage large-scale production and challenge old hierarchies Process of profound institutional re-structuring comparable to European 16th century Centrality of access, equality and diversity Learning not learning unless: Radical, Transformative, Empowering

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