Online, En masse
The goal of education
“The goal of education is to enrich the lives of students
while producing articulate, expressive thinkers and
lifelong learners that are socially responsible, resilient,
and active citizens of the world. Education is about
teaching students, not subjects.”
– Dave Truss
Formal and Informal learning
Formal Learning Informal Learning
Source: Cofer, D. (2000). Informal Workplace Learning.
The new blended learning challenge will be to try to harness the
excitement of self organised learning within formal learning contexts
The ‘walled garden’ of
the institutional LMS.
Are we in danger of
turning the web back
into a funnel again?
Human activities are
instruments such as
tools and language.
Vygotsky, L. S. (1978) Mind in Society:
The development of higher
psychological processes. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard University Press
Can we use
technology to scaffold
better memories than
students. Use them as
What is the Social Web?
Social Media gives everyone
a voice in the community
Shy students can contribute
Architecture of Participation
Source: George Siemens www.connectivism.ca/
We live in a techno-social world
Learning occurs inside and outside of
people – we store our knowledge in
computers and in other people –
In connectivism, learning involves creating
connections and developing a network. It is
a theory for the digital age drawing upon
chaos, emergent properties, and self
(It’s not what you know but who
Since we cannot experience everything, other
people’s experiences, and hence other people,
become the surrogate for knowledge.
‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an
axiom for collecting knowledge through
collecting people. - Karen Stephenson
My ten top Web 2.0 tools
• Slide sharing
• Photo sharing
• Social Tagging
• Video sharing
• URL Shortening
• Blogger; Wordpress
• Wetpaint; PBwiki
• Audacity; Podbean
• Flickr; Picassa
• Delicious, Diigo
• Youtube; Vimeo
• bit.ly; ow.ly
• iGoogle; Pageflakes
• Twitter; Tumblr
• How can you create social spaces for your
• What tools/services could you use?
• How would this transform your teaching?
• What problems might there be?
Wisdom of Crowds...
Stupidity of Mobs
Digital cultural capital –
membership of ‘the Tribe’
fractured the tyranny of
distance and computers
have become pervasive and
through digital mediation
has become the new
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consider to be
Taxonomies are defined by
Folksonomies define a