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Learning Technologies2008 Mooloolaba

Learning Technologies2008 Mooloolaba



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  • OK so it turns out to be not so bad!
    Great little ning site for streamable videos from the #el08 event: http://lt2008.ning.com/video

    From which I was able to hack out the .mp3 for your downloading pleasure:


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  • Excellent resource - there is a good quality video of this talk on myspace but myspacetv sucks so bad I refuse to link to it!!

    If whoever uploaded it can please, share via a cool site like blip.tv or better still just share an .mp3 of the audio to go with these downloadable, embeddable, watchable slides that would be great.

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  • Analyzing the obvious: Technological and social connections George Siemens November 6, 2008 Learning Technologies 2008
    • “ Schools we have today were designed around commonsense assumptions that had never been scientifically tested ”
    • R. Keith Sawyer
  • The primacy of the connection
  • Symmetry
  • What is knowledge ?
  • What is learning ?
  • In what way is learning networked?
    • Neural,
    • Conceptual,
    • Social/external
  • What is understanding?
  • Connections are to learning as atoms are to the physical world
  • Huh?
  • To understand how/why connections form...
  • And the patterns they exhibit...
  • Is to understanding learning
  • Learning opportunities are determined by how we interact with knowledge and others
  • What happens when the tools of control shift from educator to learner?
  • Technology as mediative and enabling
  • Our views of knowledge and learning dictate the shape of our institutions
  • What is a learning network?
  • What characteristics do they exhibit?
  • How do they differ from social networks?
  • Intentionality and focus
  • How do we foster deep understanding through networks?
  • Sustained participation in varying contexts Klein, Sources of Power
  • Our language for network learning is non-existent
  • Sociologists/mathematicians have theirs
    • Weak ties
    • Strong ties
    • Power laws
    • Cohesion
    • Density
    • Degrees of separation
    • Cascades
    • Etc.
  • We need language to describe learning as connectedness
    • Quality of connection
    • Connection attributes in relation to learning
    • Expertise vs. Novice
    • Social connections in support of learning
  • Enormous research potential
  • Sensemaking
  • Wayfinding Darken
  • Are our institutions of learning designed to interact with information this way?
  • Effective implementation
  • Openness
  • Learner control
  • Belonging & Trust
  • Culture of sharing
  • Ecology
  • Websites and Newsletters
    • www.elearnspace.org
    • www.knowingknowledge.com
    • www.connectivism.ca
    • http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wordpress/
    • [email_address]