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  • 1. Conversation Points: Trends in Technology & Society Dr. Alec Couros University of Regina
  • 2. me
  • 3. The Blur
  • 4. “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)
  • 5. context
  • 6. enablers
  • 7. Social Tools http://www.flickr.com/photos/9119028@N05/591163479/
  • 8. @jonmott
  • 9. Free/Open Content
  • 10. Access
  • 11. Age of Networks http://www.flowtown.com/blog/the-2010-social-networking-map
  • 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/2699829038/sizes/l/
  • 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/2699829038/sizes/l/
  • 14. quick 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
  • 15. affordances
  • 16. Networked Learning
  • 17. Personalization
  • 18. Shifting Roles
  • 19. Private Public Closed Open
  • 20. practice
  • 21. “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (Rheingold, 2010)
  • 22. real time collaboration
  • 23. Guiding Principles • Open access, low-cost. • Rethink space/interaction (walled gardens, open spaces) • 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 learning. • Pedagogy focused more on connecting & interactions; content important, but secondary. • Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  • 24. location of mentors
  • 25. “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.”
  • 26. moving forward
  • 27. “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 ourselves.” (Downes, 2010)
  • 28. web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros couros@gmail.com