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Social Media, Networked Learning & Identity

  1. 1. EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education“Social Media, Networked & Learning, Identity”Dr. Alec CourosOctober 18, 2011Dr. Alec Couros
  2. 2. me
  3. 3. Faculty Profile
  4. 4. The Blur
  5. 5.
  6. 6. An Open Educator
  7. 7. Open CV
  8. 8. Open Access Journal
  9. 9. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools mightpositively 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)
  10. 10. journey(quick version)
  11. 11. Knowledge
  12. 12. 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?
  13. 13. human thought/ideas human language source codehigh-level language (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language (assembly language) code irretrievable machine code (binary)
  14. 14. @jonmott
  15. 15. Collaboration
  16. 16. “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” (Linus’ Law, Raymond 1997)
  17. 17. “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
  18. 18. Openness
  19. 19. “Open Education is the simple andpowerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.” (William & Flora Hewlett Foundation)
  20. 20. open(ness) (short version) open education free software open source software open educational resourcesopen content open access publicationopen access courses open teaching open scholarship open accreditation
  21. 21. • pedagogical affordance. • knowledge exchange, curation, sensemaking, wayfinding, collaboration,connected(ness) crowdsourcing, remixing, (short version) problem solving ... • facilitated through personal learning networks/ environments (PLNs/PLEs)
  22. 22. 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)
  23. 23. Why Do Students Go to University? Content Degrees Social Life Support Services (Wiley, 2010)
  24. 24. Why Do Students Go to University? PLoS GCTWikipedia MCSE Google Scholar ACT OCW Content DegreesFlatworld K CNE CCNA Open Courses Facebook Twitter Skype Social Life Support Services MySpace Yahoo! Answers MMOGs Quora ChaCha (Wiley, 2010)
  25. 25. early lessons• knowledge needs to be free.• relationships trump content.• transparency & openness are powerful conditions for knowledge sharing.• distributed, weak-tie communities can help to solve complex problems.• education can greatly benefit from the experiences of open (source) communities (i.e., networked communities of practice).
  26. 26. participatory media
  27. 27. ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  28. 28. media stats (2010)• 107 trillion emails (89% spam), from 1.04 billion users.• 255 million websites• 1.97 billion Internet users• 152 millions blogs• 600 million Facebook users (sharing 30 billion pieces of content per month)• 2 billion videos watched on Youtube daily• 5 billion photos hosted on Flickr Stats as of January 2011 via Royal Pingdom
  29. 29. cautions
  30. 30. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.” “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy, Germany & Spain ... 81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”
  31. 31. Easily Copied Instantly SharedEasily Edited Viewable by Millions
  33. 33. Best Job in the World
  34. 34. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
  35. 35. affordances
  36. 36. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  37. 37. PoliticsHoward Rheingold
  38. 38. Services
  39. 39. Reputation
  40. 40. Creative Projects
  41. 41. “Dear Photograph:Thank you for everything we had.”
  42. 42. Leveraging Networks
  43. 43. “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.”
  44. 44. additional lessons• growing modes of access and the ability to publish & disseminate to wide audiences are key affordances.• (digital) citizenship & (digital) identity are emerging content areas that heavily implicate emerging pedagogies.• crowdsourcing & social curation of content will prove transformational for learning environments.
  45. 45. critical considerations
  46. 46. ‘know-what’ vs. ‘know how’
  47. 47. new roles
  48. 48. transition
  49. 49. inspirations
  50. 50. Example #1: Connecting to Experts @kathycassidy
  51. 51. Example #2: Transparent Walls @royanlee
  52. 52. Example #3: Publishing in the Open
  53. 53. Example #4: Making It Relevant @danikabarker
  54. 54. Example #5: Rethinking Classroom Time @karlfisch
  55. 55. Example #6: Learning/Sharing in the Open @christianlong
  56. 56. Example #7: PD Anytime, Anywhere
  57. 57. there are thousands of examples but this is not the norm
  58. 58. big ideas to consider
  59. 59. Sharing
  60. 60. On Sharing ... “it’s about overcoming the inner 2 year old in you that screams mine, mine, it’s mine.” (Wiley, TEDxNYED, 2010)
  61. 61. Identity
  62. 62.
  63. 63. Relationships
  64. 64. @shareski
  65. 65. conclusion
  66. 66. 21st Century Learning• “What happens to traditional concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now learn anything, anywhere, anytime?” Will Richardson
  67. 67.
  68. 68. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore @courosa
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