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Nexus is learning

  1. 1. The nexus is learning –<br />but what about technology ?<br />Stanley Frielick<br />Director of Learning & Teaching<br />AUT University<br />New Zealand<br />
  2. 2. The underlying fabric of the university is stitched<br />in 17th century dualistic / mechanistic thought ….<br />The great research university is old at heart …<br />For as it grasps us it splits us into minds and bodies.<br />Wilshire (1990). The Moral Collapse of the University<br />'man sliced in half'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/54899856@N00/40349181<br />
  3. 3. Brew 2003<br />
  4. 4. We must change our whole way of thinking about mental and communication process…….<br />learn to think as Nature thinks.<br />Gregory Bateson (1972). <br />Steps to an Ecology of Mind<br />
  5. 5. Teaching acquires its form within a complex relational web that seeks to affect the understandings and abilities of the individual members of that community….<br />Spider web against sky September 28 03'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/32454422@N00/3009373<br />
  6. 6. Just as the cognizing agent cannot be understood as a solitary component (but must be regarded as a subsystem of a larger system), teaching and learning cannot be studied as though they occur in isolated and closed systems<br />Davis & Sumara, 1997:122<br />Baobab avenue'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/51209031@N00/66753981<br />
  7. 7. Ecosystems transform energy to maintain optimal conditions for the evolution of life.<br />Isomorphic<br />Strange Weed333'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/48915783@N00/250426306<br />Learning systems transform information to maintain optimal conditions for the evolution of knowledge.<br />'peek-a-boo - _MG_6709'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/43927576@N00/320746679<br />
  8. 8. Thinking ecologically<br />means consciously shifting to an ecological mode of being and thinking, in which teaching/learning is seen as an ecosystemic process of transforming information into knowledge, in which teacher-subject-student relationships are embedded or situated in a context where complex interacting influences shape the quality of learning outcomes. <br />
  9. 9. Biggs, J. B (1999)<br />
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  11. 11. Brew 2003<br />
  12. 12. Thinking eco-logically about learning/teaching<br />Frielick, S. (2004)<br />
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  14. 14. Ecological sensibility manifesting in the West in the form of networked machines…<br />McLuhan Laws of Media ; Kelly Out of Control<br />Cable closet'<br />www.flickr.com/photos/48889110751@N01/8271860<br />Internet and e-learning as ‘disruptive innovation’<br />Christensen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_technology<br />
  15. 15. Filtering the fire-hydrant<br />PLE as lifestream<br />
  16. 16. Blog<br />RSS – iGoogle<br />Twitter<br />Instapaper<br />Delicious<br />(Diigo)<br />Zotero<br />

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