Connections and ContextsRichard A. Schwier             E-Learn 2011 Keynote PresentationUniversity of Saskatchewan    Octo...
Your most memorable meal?
What makesterrorism attractive?
The needto connect
Communities & Collectives
Crucibles of community
MOOCCOOL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idhsUy3SKE4
A story of travel, death, and  community redemption
Features ofcommunities
Authenticity
Many facets
Boundaries
Resilience
Intimacy
Mortality
Size                       Mark Osgatharphttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_Swarm.JPG
Vinculum
Trajectory
Intensity
By Böhringer Friedrichhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/                                  Trustwiki/File:Erdmännchen,_Suricata_...
Context?
Participation
http://tinyurl.com/ebookflyer
http://www.evenfromhere.org/?p=1915
David Shankbone --http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_14_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_30_2011_Shankbone_49.JPG
Why I believe in community   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJemDZcgIZE
Conclusions• In VLC research, the joy is in the hunt, not in  the kill• We are still hunting
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011
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  • How many of you were alone?
  • As a political strategy, terrorism largely fails. Why then, is it attractive to participants?More than anything, terrorists need to be part of a social group. As strange as it sounds, Abrahms finds that people take up terrorism for the same reasons they might participate in, say, a bowling league. “Two things predispose people to becoming terrorists: social isolation, and knowing someone, having a friend, who is somehow affiliated with a terrorist group,”
  • Douglas Thomas and John Seely BrownIn communities, people learn in order to belong. In a collective, people belong in order to learn. Communities derive their strength from creating a sense of belonging while collectives derives theirs from participation.-Thomas and Brown, 2011, Ch. 4, Sect. 3, para. 5
  • MOOCS – no presumption of collaboration, unity, order or coherence COOLSFacebook groups/ Google + CirclesCourses#Alec’s birthday videoThe CogDog sagaTrip storybox#cookielove##ds106 4 Life
  • Collage of invitations for people to derive community – community makersMassive open online courseCollaborative open online learning (Jeff Lebow)Downes rebuttal – MOOCs not inherently collaborative or about community. But collaboration and community may spring up in the environments.
  • PLNs and episodiccommunityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idhsUy3SKE4
  • Not playing the radio. Playing WITH the radio
  • Dividing line between network and community
  • My love/hate relationship with the metaphor of communityCommunity as convenient, but over-generalized metaphor for something special happening when we associate in groups. We know that feeling. We call it community, but maybe we should call it “yapulznik” so it isn’t so easily co-opted by everyone who wants to make a group, or sell to a group.
  • An educated population is probably the least governable, the most likely to rebel, the most stubborn and the most critical. But it is a population capable of the most extraordinary things, because each person strides purposefully forward, and of their own volition, together, they seek a common destiny. -Stephen Downes
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJemDZcgIZE
  • Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities - E-Learn 2011

    1. 1. Connections and ContextsRichard A. Schwier E-Learn 2011 Keynote PresentationUniversity of Saskatchewan October 20, 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii
    2. 2. Your most memorable meal?
    3. 3. What makesterrorism attractive?
    4. 4. The needto connect
    5. 5. Communities & Collectives
    6. 6. Crucibles of community
    7. 7. MOOCCOOL
    8. 8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idhsUy3SKE4
    9. 9. A story of travel, death, and community redemption
    10. 10. Features ofcommunities
    11. 11. Authenticity
    12. 12. Many facets
    13. 13. Boundaries
    14. 14. Resilience
    15. 15. Intimacy
    16. 16. Mortality
    17. 17. Size Mark Osgatharphttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_Swarm.JPG
    18. 18. Vinculum
    19. 19. Trajectory
    20. 20. Intensity
    21. 21. By Böhringer Friedrichhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/ Trustwiki/File:Erdmännchen,_Suricata_suricatta_1.JPG
    22. 22. Context?
    23. 23. Participation
    24. 24. http://tinyurl.com/ebookflyer
    25. 25. http://www.evenfromhere.org/?p=1915
    26. 26. David Shankbone --http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_14_Occupy_Wall_Street_September_30_2011_Shankbone_49.JPG
    27. 27. Why I believe in community http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJemDZcgIZE
    28. 28. Conclusions• In VLC research, the joy is in the hunt, not in the kill• We are still hunting

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