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SocialLearn Eden 2008 Presentation

  1. 1. Social Learn Widening participation and sustainability of Higher Education Tony Walton, Martin Weller and Gr áinne Conole 12th June 2008, Eden Conference, Lisbon
  2. 2. The personal digital environment Weller, 2008
  3. 3. Key Questions
  4. 4. Openness
  5. 5. Emerging Learning Needs <ul><li>Developed countries have high expectations about participation rates for 18-23 year-olds </li></ul><ul><li>Half of the world’s population of 6.5 billion is under 20 </li></ul><ul><li>In an era of lifelong learning the demand for education is also high among adults </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Lifelong learning requires provision that is closely connected with work and everyday life </li></ul><ul><li>Not all learning needs can be or need to be met through formal accredited courses </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid social change and globalisation- competent citizenship and participation in the culture </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘informated’ digital age - a need to provide people with the structure- ‘scaffolding’ – with which to manage in that world </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sustainable Widening Participation - challenges <ul><li>Public funding under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Profit driven private institutions will miss some key (excluded) groups </li></ul><ul><li>The costs of educational provision need to be driven down to enable fees that are affordable </li></ul><ul><li>New forms of access are needed </li></ul>
  8. 8. Widening Participation Globally - challenges <ul><li>Growing number of online students - but some failures (UK eUniversities Worldwide) </li></ul><ul><li>For-profit Phoenix successful -but high costs restrict participation and markets generally serve elites </li></ul><ul><li>Global higher education dominated by the US, the UK and Australia - may not sit well with new geopolitical configurations </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Higher education global activities are not yet significantly impacting on social justice and inequality - a key source of global instability in the post 9/11 world. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 5 adults worldwide lack minimum literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Women worldwide face exclusion from education </li></ul>
  10. 10. Web 2.0??
  11. 11. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 Centralized Individual Content Readable Transmission Deliberate Static Rigid Distributed Social Services & APIs Writable Syndication Spontaneous, emerging Connected, dynamic Loosely coupled
  12. 12. O’Reilly Model
  13. 13. Web 2.0 Features: O’Reilly+ <ul><li>Trusting users as co-developers – e.g. integrating learners’ content and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Harnessing collective intelligence - e.g. collaborative development among educators through decentralised cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging the long tail - e.g. meeting the needs of specific learning communities </li></ul>
  14. 14. Web 2.0 Features: O’Reilly+ <ul><li>A rich user interface - learning in a rich interactive environment </li></ul><ul><li>Disaggregation of services- the availability of selected educational services </li></ul><ul><li>Personalisation and customisation of services - learners defining their own learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable income generation - derived from large-scale multiple educational transactions </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summary
  16. 16. Harnessing the power of the net <ul><li>Can we </li></ul><ul><ul><li>apply web 2.0 principles to education? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop new web 2.0 pedagogies? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How would it align with existing provision? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the business model be? </li></ul><ul><li>Socialearn: realising the vision </li></ul>
  17. 17. SociaLearn Web 2.0 for education Walton, Weller, Hirst, Buckingham Shum et al. Web 2.0 architecture Learning applications Open API
  18. 18. Today’s OU E-learning research & developments (OpenLearn) Existing technical & pedagogical support models (VLE, etc.) Existing OU SOL model Changing educational context Changing technical context Changing societal context
  19. 19. Vignettes
  20. 20. Microlearner Profile 2Learner Cloudworks Writes to and imports goals, resources, stream Create goals, tasks Pull in and publish relevant content Pull in and publish relevant courses/designs Publicise study and learning story Making connections
  21. 21. Four inter-connected facets of learning Dyke, Conole et al., (2007) Can we use this as a framework for mapping different forms of Web 2.0 pedagogies? Thinking & reflection Communication & interaction Experience & activity Evidence & demonstration
  22. 22. Supports a range of pedagogies and styles Allow users to build reputation in the system Built on relationships between people Informalise the formal Formalises the informal Principles Thinking & reflection Experience & activity Conversation & interaction Evidence & demonstration Harnessing the net (social scale, user generated content) Yes Yes Aggregates learning events, resources and opportunities Yes Encourages mentorship Yes Provides access to expertise
  23. 23. Uses Means of visioning Mapping principles to pedagogy Checklist for new innovations Mapping tools to pedagogy
  24. 24. Technical Educational Business models
  25. 25. Social Learn Widening participation and sustainability of Higher Education Tony Walton, Martin Weller and Gr áinne Conole 12th June 2008, Eden Conference, Lisbon
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