Why Networked Learning Matters


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Slides from a keynote presentation I gave at #ece11 at the University of Salford.

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Why Networked Learning Matters

  1. 1. Why Networked Learning MattersDr. Alec CourosUniversity of ReginaJuly 2011
  2. 2. #ece11bit.ly/ece11couros
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Faculty Profile
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. Photo-A-Day
  7. 7. Open CV
  8. 8. Open Access Journal
  9. 9. Open Teaching
  10. 10. “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)
  11. 11. journey(quick version)
  12. 12. Knowledge
  13. 13. 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?
  14. 14. human thought/ideas human language source codehigh-level language (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language (assembly language) code irretrievable machine code (binary)
  15. 15. @jonmott
  16. 16. Collaboration
  17. 17. “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” (Linusʼ Law, Raymond 1997)
  18. 18. “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
  19. 19. Openness
  20. 20. “Open Education is the simple andpowerful idea that the worldʼs 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)
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. • pedagogical affordance. • knowledge exchange,connected curation, wayfinding, crowdsourcing, (ness) collaboration, problem (short version) solving • facilitated through personal learning networks/environments (PLNs/PLEs)
  23. 23. 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)
  24. 24. Why Do Students Go to University? Content Degrees Social Life Support Services (Wiley, 2010)
  25. 25. Why Do Students Go to University? PLoS GCTWikipedia MCSE Google Scholar ACT OCW Content DegreesFlatworld K arXiv.org CNE CCNA Open Courses Facebook Twitter Skype Social Life Support Services MySpace Yahoo! Answers MMOGs Quora ChaCha (Wiley, 2010)
  26. 26. early lessons• knowledge needs to be free.• relationships trump content.• transparency & openness are powerful conditions for knowledge building.• 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).
  27. 27. participatory media
  28. 28. ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools Todayʼs Social/Mobile Reality
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.”
  31. 31. “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.”
  32. 32. cautions
  33. 33. Easily Copied Instantly SharedEasily Edited Viewable by Millions
  36. 36. Best Job in the World
  37. 37. 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.
  38. 38. unlikely inspirations
  39. 39. “Dear Photograph:Thank you for everything we had.”
  40. 40. Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” •George Siemens http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
  41. 41. Shared Activities
  42. 42. Leveraging Networks
  43. 43. Leveraging Networks
  44. 44. Crowdsourcing Content
  45. 45. Unintentional Teaching
  46. 46. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ʻmainʼ teacher.”
  47. 47. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ʻmainʼ 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 ʻexclusiveʼ dance styles.”
  48. 48. RethinkingContent/Originality
  49. 49. 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 experiences.
  50. 50. practice
  51. 51. open teaching
  52. 52. network mentors
  53. 53. non-credit students
  54. 54. course trailers
  55. 55. course trailers
  56. 56. student-controlled spaces
  57. 57. aggregation
  58. 58. microblogging
  59. 59. shared resources
  60. 60. daily social digest
  61. 61. What We Learned• Open access, low-cost, high impact.• Courses become shared, non-local, learning events.• Students immersed in a greater learning community.• Rethinking of space/interaction (walled gardens, open spaces)• Learning spaces controlled and/or owned by students.• Development of emerging literacies, relevant for other courses.• Pedagogy focused more on connecting & interactions; content important, but secondary.• Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  62. 62. conclusion
  63. 63. Sharing http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
  64. 64. On Sharing ... “itʼs about overcoming the inner 2 year old in you that screams mine, mine, itʼs mine.” (Wiley, TEDxNYED, 2010)
  65. 65. Opennesshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bombeador/4396467701/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  66. 66. Audience
  67. 67. Identityhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jaumedurgell/740880616/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  68. 68. http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3356252350/
  69. 69. Relationships
  70. 70. “My student was delighted by the attention her blog post had received; it gave her confidence in her writing and bolstered her enthusiasm for our class.... We were no longer studying an important work of20th century literature within the narrow context of my syllabus; instead we had become part of aconversation that involved the broader reading public.As a professor, I was displaced from the centre of the conversation, which became more open, distributed and student-driven than it had been before.”
  71. 71. http://www.flickr.com/photos/admitchell08/2574455073
  72. 72. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa
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