Designing for Open/Networked Learning

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Designing for Open/Networked Learning

  1. 1. Designing for Open/Networked LearningDr. Alec CourosTHETA 2013Hobart, AustraliaApril 9, 2013
  2. 2. #theta13
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. DO N EDAB AN
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. Personal Openness
  7. 7. Open Scholarship
  8. 8. Open Teaching
  9. 9. why open?
  10. 10. “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 tobuild 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. changes
  12. 12. current context - new affordances tools, content, networks, relationships
  13. 13. tools
  14. 14. MobileEarly Days of PCs in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  15. 15. Convergence
  16. 16. significant shifts in media atoms <---> bits scarcity <---> abundance consuming <---> creatingstandardization <---> personalization individuals <---> networks
  17. 17. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) + (Schwier) Social Learning
  18. 18. content
  19. 19. mSh ake#H arle
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. What’s yourbackground in video editing?I just do it for fun. I’m self-taught. slide by @gcouros
  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. networks
  24. 24. HAT’SNO T W AN T P O RT IM
  25. 25. Six Degrees of Separation“the idea that everyone is on average sixsteps away, by way of introduction, from another person in the world.”
  26. 26. Strength of Weak Ties “There is strength in weak ties. Our acquaintances, not our friends, are potentially our greatest source of new ideas andinformation.” (paraphrased from Gladwell, 2010)
  27. 27. Where Good Ideas Come From “The trick to having good ideas is not to sitaround in glorious isolation and try to think bigthoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.” (Steven Johnson, 2010)
  28. 28. networks provide ...1. affordances: enable communication, collaboration & cooperation in ways that were once impossible with people who were once unreachable. 2. inspiration: connect us to new ideas & expand our thinking & potential for innovation. * ‘us’ meaning those who have access.
  29. 29. relationships
  30. 30. 130,729 people like this
  31. 31. "To immortalize thismoment ... the girl seems toforget the original pleasure."http://www.flickr.com/photos/alainbachellier/2572801898/in/photostream/
  32. 32. networked learning
  33. 33. MYOB Learning
  34. 34. 21st Century Learning Networks
  35. 35. 21st Century Learning Networks
  36. 36. “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.”
  37. 37. How are you makingyour learning visible?
  38. 38. How are you contributingto the learning of others?
  39. 39. cMOOCs
  40. 40. #eci831 (open-boundary)
  41. 41. course trailer
  42. 42. network mentors
  43. 43. student-controlled spaces @jonmott
  44. 44. power of the hashtag
  45. 45. What We Learned• Open teaching can be low-cost, high impact.• ‘Courses’ as shared, global, learning events.• Openness as a way of connecting students to a greater, authentic learning community.• Pedagogical serendipity in open spaces vs. walled gardens.• Importance of student-controlled learning spaces.• Connectivist pedagogy first focus on connecting & interactions; content important, but secondary.• Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  46. 46. #etmooc
  47. 47. origins
  48. 48. ~2000 participants from ~70 countries
  49. 49. spaces
  50. 50. /hub
  51. 51. /tweets
  52. 52. random artefacts
  53. 53. introductions
  54. 54. digital stories
  55. 55. workflows
  56. 56. summaries
  57. 57. visualizations
  58. 58. vulnerability + support
  59. 59. collaboration
  60. 60. #lipdub
  61. 61. concluding thoughts
  62. 62. “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.”@leverus (Lev Grossman)
  63. 63. humanize
  64. 64. (Joichi Ito)
  65. 65. Private PublicClosed Open
  66. 66. “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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