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  • Education: An ecology of connections George Siemens May 14, 2008 TLt Summit Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Learning Technologies Centre www.umanitoba.ca/learning_technologies
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
  • CHANGE
  • Social and technological collisions
  • Perez, C. 2004 from 1971 Information/telecommunications from 1908 Oil/Automobile/Mass production from 1875 Steel/Electricity from 1829 Steam/Railways from 1771 Industrial Year Technological revolution
  • Technological Conceptual
  • Why change?
  • Class
  • Divine Right
  • Unfair system: Access Barriers
  • Resonance
  • But, these things take time
  •  
  • Tension points of education
    • Open/Closed
    • Amateur/Expert
    • Foster/Command
    • Network/Hierarchy
  • Reduce barriers
  • Increased opportunities
  • Increased participation
  • Where are we now? Technological Conceptual Here Here Here
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
  • Complicated
  • To know the right answer
  • Complex
  • When we see complex as complicated…
  • Satisfied with false knowns
  • Creation of new frameworks, desire to simplify
    • When we iconosize concepts, we strip them of the opportunity to morph
    • Nothing is more pernicious in science than attempts to establish adherence to doctrines
    • Radcliffe-Brown (1940)
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
  • Technology as blessing and curse
  • Balance is the new extreme
  • Boundaries between people
  • But what happens to us?
  •  
  • What of community?
  • Fragmentation
    • Information
    • Identity
    • Understanding
  • The more we become distributed, the more we yearn to centralize
  • But individual centralization
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
  • Learning as network formation and navigation Connection are sufficient
  • Networks occur within ecologies
  • Ecologies: environments that fosters and supports learning
    • Chaotic
    • Structured informality
    • Adaptive
    • Alive
    • Diverse
    • Emergent
    • Self-organizing, individually directed
  •  
  • Education as ecology
    • Classroom, courses, programs, system
    • Beyond formal
    • Beyond myopic view of learner
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
  • Instructor’s role
    • Educator as scaffolder? Accreditor?
    • Network administrator
    • Curator/concierge
    • Product/process…content/interaction
  • Blend, spectrum
    • Formal to informal
    • Gradients of technology use
    • Contextual
  • EC & I 831
    • http://eci831.wikispaces.com/
  • How are ideas vetted/validated?
    • Source of validation:
    • By experts? Amateurs? Unwashed masses?
    • Method:
    • By networks? Openness? Hierarchical?
    • Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time)
    • Complex and complicated
    • What technology does to/for us
    • Ecologies
    • The person formerly known as teacher
    • The Learner
    • “ people have much more knowledge than appears to be present in the information to which they have been exposed”
    • Landauer and Dumais (1997)
  • Biggs SOLO
  • Learner’s role
  • Wayfinding Darken, R. 1996
  •  
  • On becoming…
  • Move to exploration
  • Websites and Newsletters
    • www.elearnspace.org
    • www.knowingknowledge.com
    • www.connectivism.ca
    • http:// ltc.umanitoba.ca/wordpress /
    • gsiemens AT elearnspace DOT org