Art, Technology, Networks, and
the Future of Higher Education
George Siemens, PhD
July 29, 2013
ATHE Leadership Summit
Digital spaces for learning/teaching
art, theatre, music
Equivalency of space
Online and F2F as equal spaces, but with
unique attributes
Rhetoric of the
electrical sublime
long-standing, naive, and
utopian expectations
Carey & Quirk
Gibson’s Affordances
Action potential
Preconditions for activity
Agent, object, interaction
Affordance is a property of th...
Where is the art? theatre? music?
in all this digital learning
Yes, we explore technology as a
medium of art
Yes, we explore technology as a
medium for art
Less prominent is as a medium to
teach theatre/art
Immersive experiences hit/miss
(i.e. SecondLife)
Tom Woodward
Networks
Maria Popova
in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world,
we have to be able to connect countless dots, to...
Wellman (2002)
http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
the world will fragment, with some parts moving
towards the brighter side of networked individualism
and other parts movin...
Freedom and control
When systems are distributed, alternative
modes of integration are needed
Stasser-Titus (1985)
Challenge then is to create a new
integrated whole
Challenge then is to create a new
integrated system
Technology and online learning
The first use of the internet was
communication and duplication
Creation is a more recent focus
Interaction equivalency theorem
“if any one of student-student, student-
teacher or student-content interaction is of a
hi...
Garrison, Anderson, Archer 1999
@audreywatters
Blending media spaces
One as lead to other: Pulling online into F2F
(particularly through tools like twitter)
TV programs
...
“In recent experimental and quasi-
experimental studies contrasting blends of
online and face-to-face instruction with
con...
Technical vs. social/creative
tension
“An Ecuadorian strawberry dessert algorithmically
maximized for pleasantness”
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672444/try-a-re...
Eventedness
White, 2009
See also Cormier 2009
The value of place and space
What does the online space do
better than F2F?
Future of higher education
Current reforms are allowing certain individuals with neither
scholarly nor practical expertise in education to exert
sign...
Increasing diversity
of student profiles
The U.S. is now in a position when
less than half of students could be
considered...
Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities, 2013
“Both student and teacher are unhappy
when chained to curricula and syllabi, to
tests and mediocre standards. An atmospher...
What we are seeing is the
complexification of higher
education
Learning needs are complex, ongoing
Simple singular narrati...
The development of a shadow education
system.
Prominent trends shaping the
future of higher education
1. Openness
2. Digital learning
3. Granularized learning
4. Data &...
Twitter/Gmail:
gsiemens
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  • Art, Technology, Future of Education

    1. 1. Art, Technology, Networks, and the Future of Higher Education George Siemens, PhD July 29, 2013 ATHE Leadership Summit
    2. 2. Digital spaces for learning/teaching art, theatre, music
    3. 3. Equivalency of space Online and F2F as equal spaces, but with unique attributes
    4. 4. Rhetoric of the electrical sublime long-standing, naive, and utopian expectations Carey & Quirk
    5. 5. Gibson’s Affordances Action potential Preconditions for activity Agent, object, interaction Affordance is a property of this interaction
    6. 6. Where is the art? theatre? music? in all this digital learning
    7. 7. Yes, we explore technology as a medium of art
    8. 8. Yes, we explore technology as a medium for art
    9. 9. Less prominent is as a medium to teach theatre/art
    10. 10. Immersive experiences hit/miss (i.e. SecondLife)
    11. 11. Tom Woodward
    12. 12. Networks
    13. 13. Maria Popova in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross- pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles.
    14. 14. Wellman (2002)
    15. 15. http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
    16. 16. the world will fragment, with some parts moving towards the brighter side of networked individualism and other parts moving towards gated communities and more tightly controlled information flows.
    17. 17. Freedom and control
    18. 18. When systems are distributed, alternative modes of integration are needed Stasser-Titus (1985)
    19. 19. Challenge then is to create a new integrated whole
    20. 20. Challenge then is to create a new integrated system
    21. 21. Technology and online learning
    22. 22. The first use of the internet was communication and duplication
    23. 23. Creation is a more recent focus
    24. 24. Interaction equivalency theorem “if any one of student-student, student- teacher or student-content interaction is of a high quality, the other two can be reduced or even eliminated without impairing the learning experience” Anderson, 2003
    25. 25. Garrison, Anderson, Archer 1999
    26. 26. @audreywatters
    27. 27. Blending media spaces One as lead to other: Pulling online into F2F (particularly through tools like twitter) TV programs Commercials
    28. 28. “In recent experimental and quasi- experimental studies contrasting blends of online and face-to-face instruction with conventional face-to-face classes, blended instruction has been more effective, providing a rationale for the effort required to design and implement blended approaches.” US Department of Education, 2010
    29. 29. Technical vs. social/creative tension
    30. 30. “An Ecuadorian strawberry dessert algorithmically maximized for pleasantness” http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672444/try-a-recipe-devised-by-ibms-supercomputer-chef
    31. 31. Eventedness White, 2009 See also Cormier 2009
    32. 32. The value of place and space
    33. 33. What does the online space do better than F2F?
    34. 34. Future of higher education
    35. 35. Current reforms are allowing certain individuals with neither scholarly nor practical expertise in education to exert significant influence over educational policy for communities and children other than their own.
    36. 36. Increasing diversity of student profiles The U.S. is now in a position when less than half of students could be considered fulltime students. In other words, students who can attend campus five days a week nine-to-five, are now a minority. (Bates, 2013)
    37. 37. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2013
    38. 38. “Both student and teacher are unhappy when chained to curricula and syllabi, to tests and mediocre standards. An atmosphere of uninspired and uninspiring common sense may well produce satisfactory mastery of technical “know how” and testable factual information. Such an atmosphere, however, stifles genuine understanding and the spirit of adventure in research.” Karl Jaspers, The Idea of the University 1959
    39. 39. What we are seeing is the complexification of higher education Learning needs are complex, ongoing Simple singular narrative won’t suffice going forward The idea of the university is expanding and diversifying
    40. 40. The development of a shadow education system.
    41. 41. Prominent trends shaping the future of higher education 1. Openness 2. Digital learning 3. Granularized learning 4. Data & analytics 5. For-profit/startups (expanding ecosystem) 6. Personalization/adaptivity 7. Wearable/contextual computing 8. Unbundling of organizational roles 9. Blurring distinctive learning roles (lifelong) 10.Degrees and alternative recognition models
    42. 42. Twitter/Gmail: gsiemens
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