Towards Open & Connected
Learning

Dr. Alec Couros
EdMedia 2010
me
“People donʼt buy what you do,
   they buy why you do it.”
        (Simon Sinek)
journey
(short version)
“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
 perfor...
“A key to transformation is for the
 teaching profession to establish
innovation networks that capture
the spirit and cult...
open / networked
• philosophical stance
                   • power & control
open(ness)         • access
 (short version)
                 ...
open(ness)
              (short version)
 open education
                                free software
    open source sof...
• pedagogical & pragmatic
                     stance

connected           • knowledge exchange,
                     cura...
context
Knowledge
Questions
•   what is k?
•   how is k acquired?
•   how do we know what we
    know?
•   why do we know what we
    know?
...
Free/Open Content
  “describes any kind of creative work in a
  format that explicitly allows copying and
 modifying of it...
Stats as of March 17/10 via Mashable
Media
connected reality
media stats (2009)

•   90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email
    users

•   234 million websites

•   1...
Networks
social networks

•   redefine communities,
    friends, citizenship,
    identity, presence, privacy,
    publics, geograph...
social tools
creativity w/ abundance
crowd sourcing content
crowd sourcing content
real time collaboration
open practice
“Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to
   reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars.
Such tools might posi...
blogging

•   Filter & develop ideas.

•   Scholarly reflection.

•   Dissemination of research.

•   Calls for contributio...
microblogging


•   Connect & collaborate with
    academics from similar or
    complementary fields.

•   Data-mining pos...
content sharing
•   Reach of publication can
    dwarf traditional venues (Q:
    “why do we publish?”)

•   To share what...
open teaching
open courses - my view

•   use of open & free tools wherever possible

•   openly accessible experiences

•   assessments...
non-credit students
Private   Public

Closed    Open
finding inspiration
Example #1 - Expert Visits




                       @kathycassidy
Example #2: Publishing in the Open




                  ps22chorus.blogspot.com
Example #3: Use of Public Content




                         @christianlong
Example #4: Educator as ...
Example #5: Portfolios
Example #6: Social Reading
Example #7: Global Mentoring
Example #8: Real-time Feedback
Example #9: Public Scholars




                         @zephoria
Example #10: Course Trailers
• *this* is not going
                   away.
                  • *this* can amplify
why?               what we do as
(sh...
Donʼt limit a child to your own
 learning, for he was born in
    another time. ~Tagore


      web: couros.ca
      twitt...
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Towards Open & Connected Learning

  1. Towards Open & Connected Learning Dr. Alec Couros EdMedia 2010
  2. me
  3. “People donʼt buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” (Simon Sinek)
  4. journey (short version)
  5. “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” (Linusʼ Law, Raymond 1997)
  6. “Open source software communities are one of the most successful -- and least understood -- examples of high performance collaboration and community building on the Internet today.” (Kim, 2003)
  7. “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)
  8. open / networked
  9. • philosophical stance • power & control open(ness) • access (short version) • design attributes - privacy/publics - transparency - accountability
  10. open(ness) (short version) open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation
  11. • pedagogical & pragmatic stance connected • knowledge exchange, curating, wayfinding, (ness) crowdsourcing, (short version) collaboration, problem solving • personal learning network/environment (PLN/PLE)
  12. context
  13. Knowledge
  14. 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?
  15. Free/Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, not exclusively by a closed organization, firm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
  16. Stats as of March 17/10 via Mashable
  17. Media
  18. connected reality
  19. media stats (2009) • 90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email users • 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
  20. Networks
  21. social networks • redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. • enable learning, communication, sharing, collaboration, community. • networks form around shared interests & objects.
  22. social tools
  23. creativity w/ abundance
  24. crowd sourcing content
  25. crowd sourcing content
  26. real time collaboration
  27. open practice
  28. “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)
  29. blogging • Filter & develop ideas. • Scholarly reflection. • Dissemination of research. • Calls for contribution & collaboration. • Share practice. • Location of academic profile. • Access to academic thought. • Record of discourse.
  30. microblogging • Connect & collaborate with academics from similar or complementary fields. • Data-mining possibilities (reading vs. conversing) • Serendipitous connections/ conversations. • Share & disseminate work/ calls.
  31. content sharing • Reach of publication can dwarf traditional venues (Q: “why do we publish?”) • To share what we do and create for the benefit of others. • Potential to improve our initial work through CC/NC/ ATT licenses. • Gift economy (we also benefit by content that is shared.
  32. open teaching
  33. open courses - my view • use of open & free tools wherever possible • openly accessible experiences • assessments related to participant practice • participant-controlled/centred spaces • range of expertise/participation • immersive, experimental activities • scaffolding and just-in-time support • focus on alternative learning artefacts • development of long-term learning community
  34. non-credit students
  35. Private Public Closed Open
  36. finding inspiration
  37. Example #1 - Expert Visits @kathycassidy
  38. Example #2: Publishing in the Open ps22chorus.blogspot.com
  39. Example #3: Use of Public Content @christianlong
  40. Example #4: Educator as ...
  41. Example #5: Portfolios
  42. Example #6: Social Reading
  43. Example #7: Global Mentoring
  44. Example #8: Real-time Feedback
  45. Example #9: Public Scholars @zephoria
  46. Example #10: Course Trailers
  47. • *this* is not going away. • *this* can amplify why? what we do as (short version) traditional academics. • *this* can reshape/ reinvent/reinvigorate and greatly improve what we do.
  48. Donʼt limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros couros@gmail.com

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