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Slides from my Keynote at Michigan State University, October 27, 2012.

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  • 1. Open And Connected LearningLeveraging Networks for LearningDr. Alec CourosAt Michigan State UniversityOctober 27, 2012
  • 2. #coetc12
  • 3. me
  • 4. Last Updated 2006
  • 5. Personal Open Spaces
  • 6. Open Teaching
  • 7. Open Tenure/Promotion App
  • 8. “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)
  • 9. Open Doctrine
  • 10. changes
  • 11. “in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000”“72 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.”“More video is uploaded to YouTube in one monththat the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  • 12. significant shifts atoms <---> bits scarcity <---> abundance consuming <---> creatingindividuals <---> networks control <---> freedom
  • 13. current context - new affordances tools, content, networks
  • 14. tools
  • 15. Toward a Mobile RealityEarly Days of PCs in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  • 16. Convergence
  • 17. NY Subway
  • 18. JB Concertphotographed byGeorge Couros
  • 19. Source:
  • 20. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  • 21. content
  • 22. Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” •George Siemens
  • 23. “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
  • 24. networks
  • 25. Social Networking Services
  • 26. Six Degrees of Separation“the idea that everyone is on average sixsteps away, by way of introduction, from another person in the world.”
  • 27. “Chance favors the connected mind” ~ Stephen Johnson@npyrini @elenelli
  • 28. 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)
  • 29. 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)
  • 30. networks 1. mechanism: enable communication &collaboration in ways that were once impossible.2. inspiration: connect us to new ideas & expand our thinking & potential for innovation. * ‘us’ meaning those who are increasingly literate
  • 31. inspirations & possibilitiesvalue of free, weak ties, visible learning
  • 32. value of free
  • 33. “Gift cultures are adaptations not to scarcity but to abundance .... In gift cultures, social status is determined not by what you control, but by what you give away. (1997)@esrtweet
  • 34. “For Unleashing the Ideavirus, Godin released the entire eBook on the Internet forfree, which led to eventual publishing deals in 41 countries and a public speaking career.”
  • 35. “the song intentionally lacked a copyright so that people would be encouraged to create theirown online parodies, in essence their own "XYZ Style"”
  • 36. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 37. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 38. strength of weak ties
  • 39. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  • 40. @dlnorman
  • 41. @giuliaforsythe
  • 42. @noiseprofessor @noiseprofessor
  • 43. @noiseprofessor
  • 44. @timlauer
  • 45. 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
  • 46.
  • 47. “To run for president in the age of the Internet is to risk your words, your image and - most importantly - your mistakes, will be photoshopped clipped, edited, remixed and remastered online in the form of a viral meme.”
  • 48. “...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
  • 49. making learning visible
  • 50. “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.”
  • 51. Matt KirkNick
  • 52. how are you making learning visible?
  • 53. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  • 54. #eci831
  • 55. cMOOC pedagogy relies heavily on gift economies, weak ties, participatory culture & making learning visible
  • 56. network mentors
  • 57. non-credit students
  • 58. course trailer
  • 59. student-controlled spaces
  • 60. co-created & shared resources
  • 61. “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.”
  • 62. @jonmott
  • 63. concluding thoughts
  • 64. (Joichi Ito)
  • 65. “Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time.” ~Tagore @courosa