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  • Cheryle Walker Part of Learning Design Team with National Australia Bank’s corporate learning unit, so one of my biggest challenges is to create learner-centric engaging learning experiences for our staff My topic today is a personal passion about which I’m still learning rapidly Just a couple of quick definitions for those who may be a little unsure: Blog – a web-log a user’s online diary of thoughts, reflections, and commentary (often with extensive links to other web-logs or web sites) in a reverse chronological diary style also supports the addition of comments by readers can be used as a communication tool, and can reside inside or outside the corporate firewall Wiki – web-based conceptually a content management tool, however very often used for regular collaboration philosophically based on the idea of ‘open’ editing – anyone can read, write, delete content tends to be decentralised, interest-based, can be anonymous, and resides either inside or outside the corporate firewall Would anyone like to add anything to my quick and rough definition?
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    1. 1. Identifying the Benefits and Pitfalls of Blogs and Wikis Cheryle Walker eLearning: Driving Instructional Design with Emerging Technologies Conference Sydney, June 2007
    2. 2. Where is the learning? What is the value? <ul><li>Knowledge in the context of time and space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content vs. Context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaborative or co-created knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert vs. the Crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-sufficient learning </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Longevity vs. Engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating Conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in Learning Cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From e-learning To c-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Surf the web for information </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a friend or an expert to explain something </li></ul><ul><li>Tinker with things and try to work them out </li></ul><ul><li>Get a group together to find an answer or make something happen </li></ul><ul><li>Watch other people doing something, then try it for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Explore a new territory, alone or in company </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people </li></ul><ul><li>Write and make diagrams, drawings, movies, music, multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Invent new things or ideas of your own </li></ul><ul><li>Compare different ideas and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Ask why? And how? And how else? </li></ul>“ There is an increasing use of, and reliance upon discovery based or experiential learning, especially using the web. Who hasn’t Googled recently?”
    3. 3. Identifying the Benefits Harnessing these new “Weapons of Mass Collaboration” <ul><li>Discussion Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Content Creation and Co-creation </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Teaming </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering, engaging, reality based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Productive Learning </li></ul>“ Mass collaboration can empower a growing cohort of connected individuals and organisations to create extraordinary wealth and reach unprecedented heights in learning and scientific discovery,”
    4. 4. Publishing with RSS “Mix, Match & Mutate” <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Push vs. Pull </li></ul><ul><li>Control and Management of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous Environmental Scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Customised Content </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable Web (Mash-ups) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Addressing Questions of Validity (and reliability, verifiability, bias, ownership…..) <ul><li>Speed to publish </li></ul><ul><li>Authorship & source </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus vs. Credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Management & Gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Online Collectivism or Coordinated Intelligence? </li></ul>“ Despite questions about its accuracy and criticism on other college campuses, some Harvard professors and teaching fellows have incorporated Wikipedia, the online collaborative encyclopedia, into their syllabi.”
    6. 6. Difficulties & Limitations Organisational Inhibitors Individual Inhibitors Pedagogical Inhibitors
    7. 7. References <ul><li>Bartlett-Bragg, Anne, Reflections on Pedagogy: Reframing Practice to Foster Informal Learning with Social Software , University of Technology, Sydney, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Owen, Martin, Grant, Lyndsay, Sayers, Steve, Facer, Keri, Social Software and Learning, Futurelab, Bristol, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Hof, Robert D, Mix, Match, and Mutate, Business Week Magazine, California, 25 July 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Tapscott, Don, Williams, Anthony D, Wikinomics, How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, 2007 </li></ul>