Academic Collaboration & Learningin a Networked AgeDr. Alec CourosUniversity of ReginaJuly 2011
bit.ly/oslo2011
me
Faculty Profile
The Blur
Photo-A-Day
Open CV
Open Access Journal
Open Teaching
“Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools mightpositivel...
journey(quick version)
Knowledge
knowledge•   what is k?•   how is k acquired?•   how do we know what    we know?•   why do we know what    we know?•   wha...
human thought/ideas human language       source codehigh-level language  (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language   (asse...
@jonmott
Collaboration
“given enough eyeballs,  all bugs are shallow”    (Linusʼ Law, Raymond 1997)
“A key to transformation is for the  teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and cult...
Openness
• philosophical stance                   • power & controlopen(ness)         • access (short version)                   • ...
open(ness)              (short version) open education                                free software    open source softwar...
• pedagogical & pragmatic                     stance                    • knowledge exchange,networked            curation...
Free/Open Content  “describes any kind of creative work in a  format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its i...
“...the power of the new software movement stems from the ʻgift cultureʼ....The Internet is a quintessential example of  a...
early lessons•   knowledge needs to be free.•   relationships trump content.•   transparency & openness are powerful    co...
participatory media
media stats (2010)•   107 trillion emails (89% spam), from 1.04 billion users.•   255 million websites•   1.97 billion Int...
“Privacy is no longer     possible ...”
“Privacy is no longer     possible ...”          “... the technical infrastructure for          creating and sharing conte...
“Privacy is no longer     possible ...”          “... the technical infrastructure for          creating and sharing conte...
Text
Easily Copied     Instantly SharedEasily Edited   Viewable by Millions
PRIVATE   by DEFAULTPUBLIC    with EFFORT
PUBLIC    by DEFAULTPRIVATE   with EFFORT
Best Job in the World
On Digital Video                     •   “Ten years ago, not one student in                         a hundred, nay, one in...
implications
ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools   Todayʼs Social/Mobile Reality
Informal Learning                 •   “Informal learning is a                     significant aspect of our                ...
Network Literacies                     •   “Understanding how                         networks work is one of             ...
Services
HumanConnections
Crowdsourcing Example #1:Deconstructed
Crowdsourcing Example #2:Deconstructed
Crowdsourcing Example #2:Deconstructed
Crowdsourcing Example #3:Deconstructed
Crowdsourcing Example #4:Deconstructed
additional lessons•   growing modes of access and the    ability to publish & disseminate to wide    audiences are key aff...
practice
open teaching
network mentors
non-credit students
student-controlled spaces
aggregation
microblogging
shared resources
daily updates
What We Learned•   Open access, low-cost, high impact.•   Courses become shared, non-local, learning events.•   Students i...
conclusion
Sharing          http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
On Sharing ...       “itʼs about overcoming       the inner 2 year old in           you that screams       mine, mine, itʼ...
Opennesshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bombeador/4396467701/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Identityhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jaumedurgell/740880616/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3356252350/
Relationships
“My student was delighted by the attention her blog   post had received; it gave her confidence in her writing and bolstere...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/admitchell08/2574455073
Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born  in another time. ~Tagore       http://couros.ca     couros@gmail...
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Academic Learning & Collaboration & Learning

  1. 1. Academic Collaboration & Learningin a Networked AgeDr. Alec CourosUniversity of ReginaJuly 2011
  2. 2. bit.ly/oslo2011
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Faculty Profile
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. Photo-A-Day
  7. 7. Open CV
  8. 8. Open Access Journal
  9. 9. Open Teaching
  10. 10. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools mightpositively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and service responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009)
  11. 11. journey(quick version)
  12. 12. Knowledge
  13. 13. knowledge• what is k?• how is k acquired?• how do we know what we know?• why do we know what we know?• what do humans know?• who controls k?• how is k controlled?
  14. 14. human thought/ideas human language source codehigh-level language (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language (assembly language) code irretrievable machine code (binary)
  15. 15. @jonmott
  16. 16. Collaboration
  17. 17. “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” (Linusʼ Law, Raymond 1997)
  18. 18. “A key to transformation is for the teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and culture of hackers -the passion, the can-do, collective sharing.” ~ Hargreaves, 2003
  19. 19. Openness
  20. 20. • philosophical stance • power & controlopen(ness) • access (short version) • design attributes - privacy/publics - transparency - accountability
  21. 21. open(ness) (short version) open education free software open source software open educational resourcesopen content open access publicationopen access courses open teaching open scholarship open accreditation
  22. 22. • pedagogical & pragmatic stance • knowledge exchange,networked curation, wayfinding, crowdsourcing, learning collaboration, problem (short version) solving • facilitated through personal learning networks/environments (PLNs/PLEs)
  23. 23. Free/Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, notexclusively by a closed organization, firm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
  24. 24. “...the power of the new software movement stems from the ʻgift cultureʼ....The Internet is a quintessential example of a gift culture. People are willing to makeall sorts of useful information available for free, in defiance of orthodox economic ʻrulesʼ that claim such voluntary behavior can occur only with financial incentives.” (Bollier, 1999)
  25. 25. early lessons• knowledge needs to be free.• relationships trump content.• transparency & openness are powerful conditions for knowledge building.• distributed, weak-tie communities can help to solve complex problems.• education can greatly benefit from the experiences of open (source) communities (i.e., networked communities of practice).
  26. 26. participatory media
  27. 27. media stats (2010)• 107 trillion emails (89% spam), from 1.04 billion users.• 255 million websites• 1.97 billion Internet users• 152 millions blogs• 600 million Facebook users (sharing 30 billion pieces of content per month)• 2 billion videos watched on Youtube daily• 5 billion photos hosted on Flickr Stats as of January 2011 via Royal Pingdom
  28. 28. “Privacy is no longer possible ...”
  29. 29. “Privacy is no longer possible ...” “... the technical infrastructure for creating and sharing content has been simplified to the point where anyone with even limited technical skills can participate.”
  30. 30. “Privacy is no longer possible ...” “... the technical infrastructure for creating and sharing content has been simplified to the point where anyone with even limited technical skills can participate.” “Social spaces and the process of identity creation and growing up require some “forgivability”.”
  31. 31. Text
  32. 32. Easily Copied Instantly SharedEasily Edited Viewable by Millions
  33. 33. PRIVATE by DEFAULTPUBLIC with EFFORT
  34. 34. PUBLIC by DEFAULTPRIVATE with EFFORT
  35. 35. Best Job in the World
  36. 36. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
  37. 37. implications
  38. 38. ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools Todayʼs Social/Mobile Reality
  39. 39. Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” •George Siemens http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
  40. 40. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  41. 41. Services
  42. 42. HumanConnections
  43. 43. Crowdsourcing Example #1:Deconstructed
  44. 44. Crowdsourcing Example #2:Deconstructed
  45. 45. Crowdsourcing Example #2:Deconstructed
  46. 46. Crowdsourcing Example #3:Deconstructed
  47. 47. Crowdsourcing Example #4:Deconstructed
  48. 48. additional lessons• growing modes of access and the ability to publish & disseminate to wide audiences are key affordances.• (digital) citizenship & (digital) identity are emerging content areas that heavily implicate emerging pedagogies.• crowdsourcing & social curation of content will prove transformational for learning experiences.
  49. 49. practice
  50. 50. open teaching
  51. 51. network mentors
  52. 52. non-credit students
  53. 53. student-controlled spaces
  54. 54. aggregation
  55. 55. microblogging
  56. 56. shared resources
  57. 57. daily updates
  58. 58. What We Learned• Open access, low-cost, high impact.• Courses become shared, non-local, learning events.• Students immersed in a greater learning community.• Rethinking of space/interaction (walled gardens, open spaces)• Learning spaces controlled and/or owned by students.• Development of emerging literacies, relevant for other courses.• Pedagogy focused more on connecting & interactions; content important, but secondary.• Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  59. 59. conclusion
  60. 60. Sharing http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
  61. 61. On Sharing ... “itʼs about overcoming the inner 2 year old in you that screams mine, mine, itʼs mine.” (Wiley, TEDxNYED, 2010)
  62. 62. Opennesshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bombeador/4396467701/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  63. 63. Identityhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jaumedurgell/740880616/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  64. 64. http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3356252350/
  65. 65. Relationships
  66. 66. “My student was delighted by the attention her blog post had received; it gave her confidence in her writing and bolstered her enthusiasm for our class.... We were no longer studying an important work of20th century literature within the narrow context of my syllabus; instead we had become part of aconversation that involved the broader reading public.As a professor, I was displaced from the centre of the conversation, which became more open, distributed and student-driven than it had been before.”
  67. 67. http://www.flickr.com/photos/admitchell08/2574455073
  68. 68. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa
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