“Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reﬂect and
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, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
“given enough eyeballs,
all bugs are shallow”
(Linusʼ Law, Raymond 1997)
“Open source software
communities are one of the most
successful -- and least
understood -- examples of high
performance collaboration and
community building on the
“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,
quick stats (2009)
• 90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email
• 234 million websites
• 1.73 billion Internet users
• 126 millions blogs
• 350 million Facebook users
• 4 billion images on Flickr
• 1 billion Youtube videos served daily.
Stats as of Jan 22/10 via Royal Pingdom
Youtube & other social media
mitigate “connection without
constraint”. Often, this leads to the
development of “tremendously
• Open access, low-cost.
• Rethink space/interaction (walled gardens, open
• Learning spaces controlled and/or owned by students.
• Tagging, aggregation, & other info literacies.
• Advocacy/integration/use/creation of/for FOSS & open
content wherever possible & when beneﬁcial to
• Pedagogy focused more on connecting & interactions;
content important, but secondary.
• Development of sustainable, long-term, learning
“I was able to go out and learn
throughout the entire week,
the entire year, and Iʼm still
learning with everyone.”
“The best part of the course is
that itʼs not ending. With the
connections weʼve built, it
never has to end.”
“The course ... has been the most profound pd
experience Iʼve ever had. It forced me to critique & review
my practice. I never knew how important social networks
were. Now, I couldnʼt be a teacher without being
connected. Itʼs drastically changed my view of education.”
• Begin or continue to explore social tools that can replace or
augment the CMS/LMS experience.
• Explore the concept/implications of PLE/PLN - dive in.
• Find online learning opportunities that are right for you. If there
arenʼt any, create them.
• Understand, promote, teach Creative Commons.
• Learn about OER/Openness initiatives in your state - participate,
advocate, create, share.
• Take charge of your own learning - and get your institutions to
support self-directed PD.
• Continue to reinvent, reshape, retool your role as educator.
“We need to move beyond the
idea that education is something
that is provided for us, and
toward the idea that an education
is something that we create
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