Break Down the WallsHow Social Networks & Openness AreTransforming Teaching & LearningDr. Alec Couros - June 13, 2012Unive...
#tietalk
me
Last Updated 2006
The Blur
Visualizing Learning
“Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might  positiv...
Open Teaching
Open Tenure/Promotion App.
Open Journal
“The Open Scholar is someone who makes theirintellectual processes digitally visible and who invites andencourages ongoing...
“People don’t buy what              you do. They buy why you                    do it.” (2010)@simonsinek
early inspirations
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...
“Linux is subversive. Who would have   thought even five years ago that a  world-class operating system couldcoalesce as if...
“Gift cultures are adaptations not             to scarcity but to abundance ....               Abundance makes command    ...
changes
media/content convergence
“60 hours of video are uploaded every    minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.”           “Ove...
Free/Open Content  “describes any kind of creative work in a  format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its i...
“Today knowledge is free.                It’s like air, it’s like water...                   There’s no competitive       ...
open access
From	  NAGPS	  (2011)	  via	  h4p://bit.ly/oIwVut
From	  NAGPS	  (2011)	  via	  h4p://bit.ly/oIwVut
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“Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away.  Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of   professionals who...
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networks
Network Literacies                   •   “Understanding how                       networks work is one of                 ...
Everyday Networks
Politicshttp://www.anduro.com/calgary-mayor-race.html
Community
Crowdsourcing
Remix
Kutiman-Thru-you - 01 - Mother of All Funk Chordshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tprMEs-zfQA
Meaningful Projects“Dear Photograph:Thank you for everything we had.”
@shareski
memes“The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a    replicator and propagator - a...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3601144842/sizes/l/in/photostream/
“...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot...
changes in learning
MYOB Learning
shifts in edtech                     Group growth Individual growthObjectivism                 Cognitivism                ...
@jonmott
“A key to transformation is for the  teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and cult...
“To answer your question, I did use  Youtube to learn how to dance. I   consider it my ‘main’ teacher.”         “10 years ...
Matt              KirkNick
how are you making learning visible?
how are you contributing to  the learning of others?
Thinning WallsPrivate      PublicClosed       Open
#eci831
open teaching
network mentors
non-credit students
student-controlled spaces
aggregation
microblogging
shared resources
social curation
“I was able to go out and learn  throughout the entire week,   the entire year, and I’m still     learning with everyone.”...
What We Learned•   Open access, low-cost, high impact.•   Courses become shared, global, learning events.•   Students imme...
conclusion
Text
“The developed world is in                  the midst of a paradigm                   shift both in the ways in           ...
fixed to place                fixed to person
“The person hasbecome the portal.”                      Wellman (2002)
Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born  in another time. ~Tagore       http://couros.ca     couros@gmail...
extras
@dlnorman
@giuliaforsythe
@noiseprofessor                  @noiseprofessor
@noiseprofessor
@timlauer
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  1. 1. Break Down the WallsHow Social Networks & Openness AreTransforming Teaching & LearningDr. Alec Couros - June 13, 2012University of Victoria
  2. 2. #tietalk
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Last Updated 2006
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. Visualizing Learning
  7. 7. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively 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)
  8. 8. Open Teaching
  9. 9. Open Tenure/Promotion App.
  10. 10. Open Journal
  11. 11. “The Open Scholar is someone who makes theirintellectual processes digitally visible and who invites andencourages ongoing criticism of their work and secondary uses of any or all parts of it -- at any stage of its development.” (Burton, G., 2009)
  12. 12. “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” (2010)@simonsinek
  13. 13. early inspirations
  14. 14. 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?
  15. 15. human thought/ideas human language source codehigh-level language (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language (assembly language) code irretrievable machine code (binary)
  16. 16. “Linux is subversive. Who would have thought even five years ago that a world-class operating system couldcoalesce as if by magic out of part-time hacking by several thousand developers scattered all over the planet, connected by only tenuous strands of the Internet.” (Raymond, 1997)
  17. 17. “Gift cultures are adaptations not to scarcity but to abundance .... Abundance makes command relationships difficult to sustain and exchange relationships an almost pointless game. In gift cultures, social status is determined not by what you control, but by what you give away. (1997)@esrtweet
  18. 18. changes
  19. 19. media/content convergence
  20. 20. “60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.” “Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day.”“Over 800 million unique users visit Youtube every month.” “More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month that the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  21. 21. 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)
  22. 22. “Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water... There’s no competitive advantage in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” (2012)@drtonywagner
  23. 23. open access
  24. 24. From  NAGPS  (2011)  via  h4p://bit.ly/oIwVut
  25. 25. From  NAGPS  (2011)  via  h4p://bit.ly/oIwVut
  26. 26. From  NAGPS  (2011)  via  h4p://bit.ly/oIwVut
  27. 27. “Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of makingsomething public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s abutton. There a button that says “publish”, and when you press it, it’s done.” (Shirky, C.., 2012)
  28. 28. 46
  29. 29. 47
  30. 30. networks
  31. 31. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  32. 32. Everyday Networks
  33. 33. Politicshttp://www.anduro.com/calgary-mayor-race.html
  34. 34. Community
  35. 35. Crowdsourcing
  36. 36. Remix
  37. 37. Kutiman-Thru-you - 01 - Mother of All Funk Chordshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tprMEs-zfQA
  38. 38. Meaningful Projects“Dear Photograph:Thank you for everything we had.”
  39. 39. @shareski
  40. 40. memes“The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a replicator and propagator - an idea, a fashion, a chain letter, or a conspiracy theory. On a bad day, a meme is a virus” Lowenstein, 1999
  41. 41. http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3601144842/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  42. 42. “...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot gettheir heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker
  43. 43. changes in learning
  44. 44. MYOB Learning
  45. 45. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  46. 46. @jonmott
  47. 47. “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
  48. 48. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  49. 49. Matt KirkNick
  50. 50. how are you making learning visible?
  51. 51. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  52. 52. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  53. 53. #eci831
  54. 54. open teaching
  55. 55. network mentors
  56. 56. non-credit students
  57. 57. student-controlled spaces
  58. 58. aggregation
  59. 59. microblogging
  60. 60. shared resources
  61. 61. social curation
  62. 62. “I was able to go out and learn throughout the entire week, the entire year, and I’m still learning with everyone.” “The best part of the course is that it’s not ending. With the connections we’ve built, it never has to end.”
  63. 63. What We Learned• Open access, low-cost, high impact.• Courses become shared, global, learning events.• Students immersed in a greater learning community.• Value in open spaces vs. walled gardens.• Learning spaces controlled and/or owned by students.• Pedagogy focused on connecting & interactions.• Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  64. 64. conclusion
  65. 65. Text
  66. 66. “The developed world is in the midst of a paradigm shift both in the ways in which people and institutions are connected. It is a shift from being bound up in homogenous “little boxes” to surfing life through diffuse, variegated@barrywellman social networks.” (2002)
  67. 67. fixed to place fixed to person
  68. 68. “The person hasbecome the portal.” Wellman (2002)
  69. 69. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa
  70. 70. extras
  71. 71. @dlnorman
  72. 72. @giuliaforsythe
  73. 73. @noiseprofessor @noiseprofessor
  74. 74. @noiseprofessor
  75. 75. @timlauer
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