Harnessing the Power
of Social Networks
in Teaching & Learning




Dr. Alec Couros
University of Regina
November 2009
Who is this guy?
“Web 2.0 tools that might allow academics to reflect
  and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools
  might positivel...
My Blog, My Hub
Photo Sharing
Video Sharing
Social Network Services
Content Sharing
Copyleft
Open Teaching
knowledge
Key Questions
•   what is k?
•   how is k acquired?
•   how do we know what
    we know?
•   why do we know what
    we kn...
Knowledge
Changes in Edtech
                                           Group growth
   Individual growth




  Objectivism
         ...
David Wiley
               (Brigham Young University)


                                  Then      vs     Now

          ...
David Wiley
               (Brigham Young University)


                              Education vs Everyday

             ...
Forms of Openness

     open education
                               free software
       open source software
          ...
open content, access,
publication, accreditation
                             Available Knowledge




                    ...
Power & Control
Power & Control
Social Tools
social networks & media
Social Networks
•   redefine communities,
    friends, citizenship,
    identity, presence, privacy,
    publics, geography...
A Connected Reality
Old World Networks
Mario Couros
Mediated Reality
Twitter in 60 Seconds
Each technology
    creates a new
    environment.

 The old environment
 becomes content for
the new environment.

 The e...
Access
Ubiquity
Real Time Web
RT Search
RT Collaboration
RT Streaming
Social Reading
Trusted Groups
The Way We Were
Rise of the PLN
@jonmott
@jonmott
designing for openness
If you build it ...
Non-Credit Students
Social Affordance
Distributed Conversations
Culture of Sharing
Global Classroom
Invisible Colleges
PD Gone Wild!
Professional Identities
New Roles for Educators
Thinning Walls




Private          Public

Closed           Open
Trust
(human kind is mostly good)
View on Society?
“Some of the comments on
           Youtube make you weep for the
            future of humanity, just for the
           ...
The Machine is (Changing) Us
          (Personal Democracy Forum)



                 • Inspired by McLuhan’s “We shape
  ...
Heroes for our Mediated Culture
via @mcleod
@smartinez
Living & Learning with Social Media
                           (Penn State address)



Teens are not connecting in the
way...
“Kyle Doyle is not going
                                   to work today, f*** it,
                                      ...
Bassman_Sean
                (Scotland)



                             • Scottish teen who
                             p...
In Practice
Grade One - Expert Visits




                            @kathycassidy
Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
Grade Six - Global Connections




                             @zbpipe
Grade Seven/Eight - Class Branding




                              @glassbeed
Beaver Country Day School - mashUp
University History - Twitter
Virtual Office Hours
“I was able to go out and learn
  throughout the entire week,
   the entire year, and I’m still
    learning with everyone...
“The course ... has been the most profound pd experience
    I’ve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my
  practic...
The Big Ideas
    • The future of learning is open,
    connected, & social.

    • Learning networks redefine
    how know...
Don’t limit a child to your
own learning, for he was born
  in another time. ~Tagore




      web: couros.ca
     twitter...
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote
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  • Hey Alec, love what you've done with this presentation. I developed a little table of distinctions to help me explain the conditions - similar to the one on slide 17, kind of a then/now view of what has/is shifted/ing. http://technologyinprevention.wikispaces.com/file/view/SM-TradDistinctions121409.pdf Would appreciate your thoughts if you have the time.
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Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - OUIT Keynote

  1. 1. Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning Dr. Alec Couros University of Regina November 2009
  2. 2. Who is this guy?
  3. 3. “Web 2.0 tools that might allow academics to reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and services 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, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
  4. 4. My Blog, My Hub
  5. 5. Photo Sharing
  6. 6. Video Sharing
  7. 7. Social Network Services
  8. 8. Content Sharing
  9. 9. Copyleft
  10. 10. Open Teaching
  11. 11. knowledge
  12. 12. Key Questions • 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?
  13. 13. Knowledge
  14. 14. Changes in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  15. 15. David Wiley (Brigham Young University) Then vs Now Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  16. 16. David Wiley (Brigham Young University) Education vs Everyday Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  17. 17. Forms of Openness open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation
  18. 18. open content, access, publication, accreditation Available Knowledge how we view learning - institutional & informal
  19. 19. Power & Control
  20. 20. Power & Control
  21. 21. Social Tools
  22. 22. social networks & media
  23. 23. Social Networks • redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. • enable learning, communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. • networks form around shared interests & objects.
  24. 24. A Connected Reality
  25. 25. Old World Networks
  26. 26. Mario Couros
  27. 27. Mediated Reality
  28. 28. Twitter in 60 Seconds
  29. 29. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
  30. 30. Access
  31. 31. Ubiquity
  32. 32. Real Time Web
  33. 33. RT Search
  34. 34. RT Collaboration
  35. 35. RT Streaming
  36. 36. Social Reading
  37. 37. Trusted Groups
  38. 38. The Way We Were
  39. 39. Rise of the PLN
  40. 40. @jonmott
  41. 41. @jonmott
  42. 42. designing for openness
  43. 43. If you build it ...
  44. 44. Non-Credit Students
  45. 45. Social Affordance
  46. 46. Distributed Conversations
  47. 47. Culture of Sharing
  48. 48. Global Classroom
  49. 49. Invisible Colleges
  50. 50. PD Gone Wild!
  51. 51. Professional Identities
  52. 52. New Roles for Educators
  53. 53. Thinning Walls Private Public Closed Open
  54. 54. Trust (human kind is mostly good)
  55. 55. View on Society?
  56. 56. “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)
  57. 57. The Machine is (Changing) Us (Personal Democracy Forum) • Inspired by McLuhan’s “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” • Youtube & other social media mitigate “connection without constraint”. In many cases this leaves to “tremendously deep communities”. @mwesch
  58. 58. Heroes for our Mediated Culture
  59. 59. via @mcleod
  60. 60. @smartinez
  61. 61. Living & Learning with Social Media (Penn State address) Teens are not connecting in the ways we fear. But, we need to pay attention to: •Properties: persistence, replicability, searchability, scalability, (de)locatability. •Dynamics: invisible audiences, @zephoria collapsed contexts, blurring of public & private spaces
  62. 62. “Kyle Doyle is not going to work today, f*** it, I’m still trashed SICKIE WOO.” “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
  63. 63. Bassman_Sean (Scotland) • Scottish teen who participates in my open, online grad course. • Creative, motivated, independent, connected, respectful, cognizant and intentional in managing his digital identity. @bassman_sean
  64. 64. In Practice
  65. 65. Grade One - Expert Visits @kathycassidy
  66. 66. Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
  67. 67. Grade Six - Global Connections @zbpipe
  68. 68. Grade Seven/Eight - Class Branding @glassbeed
  69. 69. Beaver Country Day School - mashUp
  70. 70. University History - Twitter
  71. 71. Virtual Office Hours
  72. 72. “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.”
  73. 73. “The course ... has been the most profound pd experience I’ve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my practice. I never knew how important social networks were. Now, I couldn’t be a teacher without being connected. It’s drastically changed my view of education.”
  74. 74. The Big Ideas • The future of learning is open, connected, & social. • Learning networks redefine how knowledge is created, distributed & controlled. • Meaningful learning is fostered through distributed networks based on trust.
  75. 75. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros alec.couros@uregina.ca

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