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  • I am truly honored to have been invited to open up this educamp with a talk, though I regret that ME talking AT you is somewhat in antithetical to the dialogic nature of a “camp” session. Were I a better educator, I would have come up with a more effective “intervention” through which we could explore this together. Still I hope you will find this talk a useful starting point for your day and for discussion. Would like to tell you a story of becoming a networked learner A story of Why become a networked learner What a networked learner is How to become one What happens when you learn in an open and networked way I would like to stress up front; this is not intended to SHOW OFF my personal skills as a network learner. The whole point is that I am unexceptional in this, anyone can be a network learner, but it does require a critical engagment with ones’ own responsibility to learn
  • Becoming a Network Learner

    1. 1. Becoming a Network Learner: Towards a Practice of Freedom Scott Leslie, BCcampus December 2008 Colombia
    2. 2. Why I became a Network Learner
    3. 3. I’ve been online a LONG time
    4. 4. I wanted to understand the Present in terms of the Past
    5. 5. But came to accept that the Network changes things
    6. 6. This Change represents both Challenge and Opportunity
    7. 7. Today’s learner can expect to hold at least 10 different jobs in their lifetime
    8. 8. … may have jobs that didn’t exist when they were born
    9. 9. … live in a world where information grows exponentially
    10. 10. But the network means old constraints are lessened
    11. 11. …it enables “groups of affinity” (or networks) to form
    12. 12. …and enables Network Effects & Virtuous Cycles
    13. 13. Social software is helping us connect
    14. 14. … in ways that scale and better cope with complexity
    15. 15. Finally I stopped worrying & started (network) learning
    16. 16. What is a Network Learner?
    17. 17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA
    18. 18. Learning Out in the Open
    19. 19. Authentic / Real World Engagement
    20. 20. Active Production of Learning Content
    21. 21. Truly Lifelong Learning Environment/Network
    22. 22. Learner’s Own Choice of Tools, Connections & Content
    23. 23. And if we want to be able to teach these learners… From http://www.scribd.com/doc/3363/Dissertation-Couros-FINAL-06-WebVersion
    24. 24. Becoming a Network Learner – The PLE
    25. 25. What is a PLE? “… an overall approach or a set of capacities (rather than a single application or technology). Unlike the current LMS-based institution-centric approach which typically require the learner to enter a single 'location' online to take an online course, PLEs are environments focused on giving learners more control over where and how they learn” – Scott Leslie <ul><li>“ Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set their own learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>manage their learning; managing both content and process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals.” – Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Attempts to create a single PLE tool…
    27. 27. …but it is best understood as NOT a monolith
    28. 28. Where did PLEs come from <ul><li>Perceived shortcomings in current (LMS-focused) approach to online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities offered by new breed of socially networked tools (user-centric design and loosely coupled interoperation) </li></ul><ul><li>Increased availability of free, high-quality open educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging understanding of the different opportunities that networks afford lifelong learning and learners </li></ul>
    29. 29. But they also came out of actual practice <ul><li>http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams </li></ul>
    30. 30. From http://tesl-ej.org/ej34/m1.html
    31. 31. From http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2006/10/ple-diagram.html
    32. 32. From http://www.microbiologybytes.com/tutorials/ple/ple5.html
    33. 33. From http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2007/12/my-personal-wor.html
    34. 34. From http://www.flickr.com/photos/92632631@N00/2530138127/
    35. 35. Common Attributes – Syndication, Aggregation, Profiles
    36. 36. But what does MY PLE look like? <ul><li>From a tool perspective it looks similar to many others </li></ul><ul><li>But in how I conceive/depict it, I wanted to reflect PEOPLE in my learning network as well </li></ul><ul><li>I learn with/from different people, often depending on the amount of shared context/trust relationships </li></ul>
    37. 37. ME Friends & Trusted Acquaintances Edubloggersphere / Friends of Friends Circles of Trust Blogosphere / Trustworthy Sources BLOGS SOCIAL BOOKMARKING MICROBLOGS / PRESENCE TOOLS SEARCH SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES WIKIS Read each other faithfully Comment on each others blogs Strong conversational ties Follow each other on twitter In each other’s IM clients Read some but not all Find new folks through trusted ones, comments, links The Web Browser The basis for my ‘ lijit’ searches Technorati / Other Blog-based search My friend’s lijit lenses Good source for Google Coop engines Part of my del.icio.us network Use “for:” links to share with each other Given them access to personal wiki The Almighty Google GReader search Don’t interact with them in this medium Some will use my wiki Will subscribe to each other’s feeds & channels Desktop Browser Email client Personal web server Personalized Toolbars, Extensions Bookmarklets Personal Media Production Tools Web-based Office Suites Wikipedia edutechwiki The serendipity of tags Some will see my links through feed or blog syndication Public social bookmarking effects googlerank, can establish online reputation Referrer logs & the power of positive narcissism The serendipity of tags wikieducator I use and contribute to others’ teachertube Creative commons search engines Flock ‘social’ browser Me.dium extension Trailfire extension OER recommender Create new connections/ build reputation by using external hosting services for rich media PMOG
    38. 38. Blogging
    39. 39. Blogging Strong conversational ties; Read each other faithfully; Comment on each others blogs Read some but not all; Find new folks through trusted ones, comments, links Referrer logs & the power of positive narcissism Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    40. 40. Social Bookmarking
    41. 41. Social Bookmarking Part of my del.icio.us ‘network’; Use “for:” links to share with each other Some will see my links through feed or blog syndication The serendipity of tags Public social bookmarking effects googlerank, can help establish online reputation Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    42. 42. Microblogging & Presence Tools
    43. 43. Microblogging & Presence Tools In each other’s IM clients Follow each other on Twitter Re-tweets, Crowdsourcing Twitter search; #hashtags Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    44. 44. Wiki / Web-based Office Tools
    45. 45. Wiki / Web-based Office Tools Given them access to personal wiki; collaborate on Google docs I use and contribute to others’; they use mine Wikipedia cf. wikieducator, edutech wiki Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    46. 46. Social Media
    47. 47. Social Media Will subscribe to each other’s feeds & channels Create new connections / build reputation by using external hosting services for rich media teachertube The serendipity of tags Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    48. 48. Search
    49. 49. Search The basis for my ‘lijit’ social searches My GReader search My friend’s lijit lenses Good source for Google Coop engines Creative commons search engines The Almighty Google Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    50. 50. The Browser Itself
    51. 51. The Browser Itself Flock ‘social’ browser OER recommender extensions Trailfire extension StumbleUpon Zemanta (semantic recommender) Me.dium extension Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
    52. 52. The Effects and Benefits of Networked Learning
    53. 54. Tags and Surfing
    54. 55. Crowdsourcing and Collective Intelligence
    55. 56. Some CrowdSourcing Anecdotes <ul><li>edtechpost – Arguments for Fully Open? </li></ul><ul><li>edtechpost – Best Loosely Coupled Teaching Examples? </li></ul><ul><li>Abject Learning – A Social Layer for Dspace ? </li></ul><ul><li>D’Arcy Norman – What should I read when I’m offline? </li></ul>
    56. 57. Remix
    57. 58. Anecdote – Matrix of Blog Use in Education
    58. 59. Some Questions to Consider <ul><li>Does this seem plausible to you? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways is it disconnected from your current realities/practice? </li></ul><ul><li>What would your teaching practice look like if it modeled Network Learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Is Network Learning equally relevant to all disciplines? </li></ul><ul><li>How can Network Learning co-exist with our existing institutional structures? </li></ul>
    59. 60. Thanks! And Good Luck!
    60. 61. And please feel free to use this if it helps
    61. 62. Photo Credits (unless noted elsewhere) <ul><li>“ Time For Change ” – David Reece </li></ul><ul><li>“ Should I Stop or Should I Go ” – tatoodejay </li></ul><ul><li>“ Charlie and many hats ” – jazza2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Telephone operators, 1952 ” Seattle Public Archives </li></ul><ul><li>“ NetApp FAS270 ” - mondopiccolo </li></ul><ul><li>“ Time Spiral ” – gadl </li></ul><ul><li>“ Here is a Scale ” – pierpaolop </li></ul><ul><li>“ Doyle Spiral+Inversion ” - fdecomite </li></ul><ul><li>“ Many Hands ” – sad57 </li></ul><ul><li>“ NYC - Queens - LIC: P.S. 1 - Infinite Affinities ” - wallyg </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love Web 2.0 ” - rinneniinikoski </li></ul><ul><li>“ Open ” – slippek </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is for Real ” Mykl Royentine </li></ul><ul><li>“ wiki ” - kbaird </li></ul><ul><li>“ Document vs Web Document ” - Raju Vegesna </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10, “ Serendipity 2.0: Missing Third Places of Learning ,” - Teemu Arina </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wisdom of the Crowd ” – Sandra Kemsley </li></ul>

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