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  • why do we need to change the way things are done around here?\n
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  • we need to prepare for innovation and creativity, not for standardization \nwe need to keep up with the present to be better prepared for the future. \nwe need to get on without we’ve got; the opportunities are in making best of it (web) not ignoring or refusing it\n\n50-40 years ago companies wanted the highly savy in their macrofield, well-behavioured graduates/students (=someone who complied with the rules of the organisation and observed ‘how things are done around here’. These days companies seek people who question stuff and who challenge the established norms with new ideas. We still need skilled people, but the skill set has also changed. There’s a focus on the acquired knowledge the individual brings with him/her; but a special emphasis is also put on the capacities the individual is able to develop to solve problems/find solutions, and create new opportunities. There’s a strong emphasis on personal capacity building, which ultimately will be supported by their communication and social skills. \nA fundamental - i’d say even the most important - aspect of learning is communication, and how knowledge is constructed through the dialogical process. And that is where social media can help. Help bridge the connection, help to widen networks of peers, help assist collaborative ventures, help with public and community engagement... \n
  • (main points from slides 5-12)\ntoday the use of technology is/should not (be) to automate work or communication, but rather to enable communication. Technology is important as support, not as replacement. Technology as an enabler of human interactivity.\nwe need tools which enables us to mentor our students to communicate, share, collaborate, provide peer support and feedback, and construct knowledge through a process of knowing which is highly socialised! \nWe learn, advance thinking and challenge our own perceptions through dialogue...creation bonds of trust ... \nWe articulate our ideas better in environments where we are able to develop our ‘own’ learning voice\nwe learn better in company and with like-minded people who provide critical support \nThe critical mass may be distributed but it can be aggregated online. That is where the participatory web can make a huge difference when used effectively = it provides new opportunities for teaching and for learning; for educators and learners; for lifelong\n
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  • Distributed, *yet* connected, virtual sphere \n
  • we need to change our approach to teaching to focus on learning \na way of doing this: is looking introspectively on how we learn, not necessarily on how we have been \nWalking in students’ shoes; try it for ourselves \n
  • Again: can help and support; but never replace. \nThe focus is on human interaction and communication\nalso on the affordances of each tool: what can we do with it (rather than what it was meant to do). How can we manipulate the tools to suit our purpose\n
  • a network platform developed by the Open Access community which allows the congregation of collective knowledge through the use of groups and discussion fora whilst also providing a shared personalised space for individuals to publish their own activity.\n\nTalk about the benefits of open access -->> developments we have done based on user needs; the fact that students can export and import their content \n\nNetwork: gives learner ownership of their personal space and joint autonomy and responsibility of their activity in shared spaces\n\nHighlight blog(ging) as a personalised, dynamic space (blogs) -->> which we are slowly using to mentor students and staff to develop a more interactive and open portfolio of work, and ideas in progress (manipulating the technology to transform blogs into a versatile personal space) \n\n
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  • Twitter: emerging phenomenon of microblogging, as a tool that enables information to go viral and therefore amplifies the activity of the individual within their Personal Learning Networks and beyond (RTs)\n\nOne needs to create the opportunities to foster their own networks. It’s about inspiring pro-active practice \n
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  • web-conferencing =enable dissemination/communication of research/ pratice and creation of global events which may be open to a wider audience almost at the click of a button from the comfort of their workplace or home.\n
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    • 1. supporting thelearning journeyofindividualsin a networked way For Effat University Annual Learning and technology symposium
    • 2. why?
    • 3. photo by Flickr ID Leo Reynolds
    • 4. the change *should* change us too!
    • 5. need to...
    • 6. communicate
    • 7. share
    • 8. collaborate
    • 9. peer feedback
    • 10. support
    • 11. constructing knowledge in company
    • 12. Photo by Nancy White distributed virtual spherewith *real* people
    • 13. transforming the way we teachto focus on the way we learn
    • 14. photo by Flickr ID Matt Hamm tools...
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    • 16. blogspersonal, shared reflection of...practice, thoughts in progress, ideas, events....
    • 17. personal level
    • 18. but not necessarily in a lonely way!
    • 19. enhancing thecommunication process
    • 20. twitterconnecting yourself to the network
    • 21. e.g:crowd-sourcinginformation
    • 22. personally connected
    • 23. publicly available
    • 24. web conferencing source: