Innovation is around the corner: Learning in the digital age
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Innovation is around the corner: Learning in the digital age



Conferència "Innovation is around the corner: Learning in the digital age" impartida pel Sr. John Seely Brown el dia 21 de desembre de 2007 a la sala Josep Laporte de la UOC

Conferència "Innovation is around the corner: Learning in the digital age" impartida pel Sr. John Seely Brown el dia 21 de desembre de 2007 a la sala Josep Laporte de la UOC



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  • 1. Creating a Culture of Learning Cartesian View of Learning Leveraging and Extending Open Educational Resources Knowledge as substance K l d bt And pedagogy as knowledge transfer The Social View of Learning Leading us to think of learning like this... we participate therefore we are “The delivery model: “Cultivate the neat rows I teach - you learn” of disciplinary knowledge” understanding is socially constructed 1
  • 2. Suggesting we view learning more like this Nothing Beats Collaborative Study Groups – especially around homework & exam preparation. The social construction of understanding is real. “We learn in and through our interactions And this works virtually as well -IMing or Second Life with others and the world” And in virtual worlds on/off campus The social life of learning on campus Second Life 2
  • 3. Terra Incognita And in social networks across communities/friends Blogs – Facebook – MySpace – LinkedIn, … Now study groups or just plain bull sessions can naturally extend to peer groups galore CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion Learning as supported through Three tiers: a participatory medium Harvard Law Student, Harvard Extension Student, Internet user ‘at large’ we participate therefore we are As Harvard extension Videos Lectures Discussion groups Office hours All on Berkman Island (Second Life) understanding is socially constructed 3
  • 4. Beyond textbook learning: Reversing the Flow learning-about ====> learning-to-be Explicit Explicit Learning about Learning about Tacit Learning to be Tacit Learning to be dimensions of knowledge Key: unleashing productive inquiry (Michael Polanyi) Open Source as a Faulkes Telescope Project Participatory Learning Platform The Open Source Movements: • writing code to be read • engagement thru useful additions • social capital matters A form of distributed situated learning (cognitive ‘apprenticeship’) Physical Location -- Maui enculturating to a virtual Students get remote access – run real experiments community of practice pool and analyze their results with a master. open code, open system, open community discussion 4
  • 5. Bugscope virtual laboratory accessed via the net by kids educating future scientists by providing access to virtual instrumentation Tokay Geckos Tokay Gecko Virtual Scanning Electron Microscope iLabs: MIT New kind of learning/scholarship platform: Internet access to real labs - anywhere, anytime the specialized scholar’s portal (allows for mini-papers as well) New ways for students to engage in research New forms of peer review – a view into a practice Brown Univ. 5
  • 6. Tinkering as a learning platform Life in the Digital Age – and its death and rebirth A culture of participation: as remix, mashups, etc Tinkering, Building, Remixing & Sharing Noun 1. tinker - a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts. Creating meaning by what I produce tinkerer as experimenter: a person who enjoys testing and others build on – a remix, open innovative ideas; source culture. quot;she was an experimenter in new forms of poetryquot; The Bigger Picture Remix & Mashup creative tinkering & the play of imagination But it is also ‘creative reading’ like in fandom – fans filling in the back story in highly imaginative ways. Ah, creating meaning by integrating their imagination with that of the ‘author’ in remix. sometimes seen on YouTube 6
  • 7. The Long Tail in Learning The Long Tail in Teaching.. leveraging and supporting each segment differently Supporting the rise of an ecology of learning/doing niches Ah, I am passionate about this niche topic. I want to learn/do more! The Brewing Perfect Storm of Opportunity Active Blending – beyond just taping resources Transformative Initiatives Tying it all OER … together: content/tools/activities eScience eHumanities Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure- Infrastructure- Web 2.0 & beyond with feedback/loops galore Researching, re-searching & learning meld Creating a new kind of ecosystems for into a new kind of distributed intertwining learning/knowledge ecosystem with mentors: knowledge creation, learning & mentoring peer based, masters & intelligent tutors 7
  • 8. Key traits for the 21st Century (are we preparing our students, accordingly?) When recreation becomes innovation an act of re-creation/remix & productive inquiry Culture of Learning a culture that thrives on participatory life long learning and perhaps imagination inspiration the ultimate sustainability model . Thank You Th k Y and special thanks to Emma Kiselyova 8