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In this I argue that there is a 'sweet spot' between web 2.0 and higher education, which combines the best of personal/public, fun/work, institution/individual, etc and that we should work to exploit ...

In this I argue that there is a 'sweet spot' between web 2.0 and higher education, which combines the best of personal/public, fun/work, institution/individual, etc and that we should work to exploit this.

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    • Finding the sweet spot between web 2 and education Martin Weller
    • Overview
      • Web 2.0
      • HE
      • The sweet spot
      • Facebook apps
      • SocialLearn
      • Edupunk and the gift culture
      • Twitter networks
      • Conclusions
    • Web 2.0 characteristics Technology User generated content Informal learning Democracy Bottom-up Socially oriented Web as platform Harness collective intelligence Perpetual beta
    • Higher education characteristics Controlled technology Us generated content Accredited learning We know best Top down Individual achievement Review before release Filtered intelligence Aim for perfection
    • Finding the sweet spot Personal Professional Informal Formal Fun Work Content Social This is the future of work/learning/recreation
    • OU Facebook apps Tony Hirst, Liam Green-Hughes, Stuart Brown
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    • What we learnt
      • About facilitating dialogue
      • NOT controlling learner path
      • Viral spread
      • Support issues
      • Official endorsement?
      • Letting go of some control
      • Sweet spot: study-social, fun-work, institution-individual
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    • SocialLearn: A new OU?
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    • What principles should it embody?
      • Openness
      • Flexibility
      • Disruptive
      • Perpetual beta
      • Democracy
      • Pedagogy
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    • A reversal Student adapts to educational system
    • System adapts to the learner
    • Microlearner 2Learner Cloudworks Profile 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
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    • What we are learning
      • Existing business models quickly unravel
      • Existing boundaries soon blur
      • Different competitors
      • Different audience
      • Sweet spot: informal-formal, content-social
    • Edupunk
    • What I learnt
      • Prepared to do more when it’s fun
      • What you give away is what counts
      • EdTech is at a threshold now
      • It’s about how we use existing tools, not tools we create
      • Sweet spot: Fun-work, learning-creating, legal-illegal?
    • Twitter networks
    • What management can learn
      • Informal groupings based on interest
      • Way of fostering belonging
      • Physical location less relevant
      • Institutional boundaries blurred
      • How do organisational structures adapt?
      • Sweet spot: Personal-Professional, Fun-Work, Informal-Formal
    • Conclusions
      • Make learning a gift economy
      • Embrace the social
      • Experiment (and create room for this)
      • Accept there will be mistakes
      • Think of technology as the metaphor for understanding new social processes
    • Links
      • Course Profiles
      • http://apps.facebook.com/courseprofiles/index.php
      • My OU Story
      • http://apps.facebook.com/myoustory/index.php
      • Me: Edtechie.net
      • Twitter.com/mweller
      • Ouseful.info
      • Liams blog- http://www.greenhughes.com/
      • Stuart’s blog - http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/SocialCommunications/index.php
      • SocialLearn - http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/socialearn/