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Social:Learn Introduction



An introduction to the Open University's social:learn project

An introduction to the Open University's social:learn project



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  • 'the web is an agreement' ... love that.

    Formalising the informal / higher ed issues / informalising the formal / topography of formality and the monolithic view/other things we have (kids use to learn-communicate!)... VERY interesting distinctions for debate and study. Great topics. I will spread these pitch-memes around :-), specially slides 15 and 16, and different ways of learning-thinking about the educational system.
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  • Social:Learn Martin Weller
  • Social:Learn assumptions
    • There is a major shift in society and education driven by the possibilities new technologies create for creating and sharing content and for social networking.
    • Higher education, to date, has not really addressed how to engage with these fundamental shifts and their impact on the core business model of higher education.
    • There is educational value in the application of both the technologies seen in web 2.0 and the approaches they embody.
    • The status quo is no longer feasible or advisable
    • Competition in the learner sphere is ever more complex , multi-faceted and fragmented
  • What principles should it embody?
    • Openness
    • Flexibility
    • Disruptive
    • Perpetual beta
    • Democracy
    • Pedagogy
  • <psd>
  • Some higher ed problems Formalising the informal <ggsmith>
  • Informalising the formal <Tushar>
  • The topography of formality <TPorter2006>
  • <clicker bee>
  • The granularity of education
  • &quot;For decades we've been buying albums. We thought it was for artistic reasons, but it was really because the economics of the physical world required it: Bundling songs into long-playing albums lowered the production, marketing, and distribution costs ... As soon as music went digital, we learned that the natural unit of music is the track.&quot; (Weinberger) <Klmonty>
  • So what is s:l?
    • A profile -
    • An API
    • A suite of learning applications -
    • A site -
  • Horizontal and vertical spread
  • Up for a challenge? Student adapts to educational system
  • System adapts to the learner