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Keynote: Innovation Paths in technology-mediated human networks", Petros Kavassalis, Associate Professor at Uni of Aegean


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Keynote at the PDW for the PDW for eTwinning Ambassadors, Rhodes, Greece

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Keynote: Innovation Paths in technology-mediated human networks", Petros Kavassalis, Associate Professor at Uni of Aegean

  1. 1. Innovation paths in technology-mediated human networks Petros KAVASSALIS, UAegean
  2. 2.  Technology transforms the social and operational environment of the teaching and learning process  Tech Trends  2 Tech Trends, I specifically focus  Dynamic network-embedded learning  Computer assisted project-based learning  The growth of technology-mediated human networks  … is the driving force!  Paths of innovation and challenges What is about this presentation? 2
  3. 3. Dynamic network-embedded learning  Openness  Non-restricted access to knowledge and information  Collaboration based on knowledge and experience sharing and transparency  Open education  Open educational resources  Access to institutions-based learning OpenCourseWare and MOOCs Millions of people from around the globe are massively signing to Coursera, edX, Udacity etc…  Disruption in current forms of teaching and learning  … New forms of digital social-learning environments (think of what happened with the social networks and the interpersonal communications)  Flexible, personalized, study patterns and mix-and-match learning programs  Network embedded learning and education  Very dynamic configurations… 3
  4. 4. Computer assisted project-based learning  Project-based learning also re-modeled  Today, digital technology supports project communities to  gather data  conduct research and product development  manage and keep record of their work,  interact with others within and outside of the project community  share outputs with the external world  Digital-driven project-based learning will accelerate the use of Digital Teaching Platforms v2.0, 3.0 etc…  … Interactive whiteboard bundled with tools of immersive and augmented reality  Fast industrialization of the process… 4
  5. 5. Education cannot be the exception  The increasing use of social media reveals the big power of technology-mediated social participation  Leads to significant changes in the way industry, government, healthcare institutions, banks, media etc. organize and operate  The technology evolution never stops to transform the existing world  From the photocopiers...  … to WWW  To the “contribution of the many”! (… where eTwinning is)  Now, we reach the next-next horizon of IT evolution: Efficient by design!  The possibility to design technology-mediated human networks  Make social participation more efficient and increase individual engagement, productivity, and networked community welfare. 5
  6. 6. Efficient by design! Examples…  Xerox Park’s Technology-Mediated Social Participation Systems & p2pValue  Develop interface designs that develop adaptive user experience  Design mechanisms that lower the barriers of entry in an online community for new and peripheral members, and promote mobility within the community…  MIT Connection Science  Technology-mediated human networks have a huge management potential “Consuming” social influence avec moderation, they have concluded, does matters for the good! If one can influence the flow of ideas between the nodes of a learning network, and hence fine-tune the network structure, it is possible to increase individual performance and obtain better overall results!!! 6
  7. 7. Conclusion I ① Data tell us very important things for the behavior of individuals within online communities ② Sharing these data may help to design better policies for engagement and productivity, and improve the performance of learning networks  eTwinning project has the potential to play big  … if you systematically work on the measurement and design of the learning capacity of your community  I know data collection and exploration is a very demanding job Do more together! Do more and more cross-border online work! A major constraint for cross-border collaboration has removed with the deployment of STORK 2.0 | eIDAS, the pan-european infrastructure for electronic identity authentication 7
  8. 8. Conclusion II ① Our education systems are under increasing and radical pressure to reform existing models and practices ② From this turmoil, new learning models will come out and a shift from learning hierarchies to learning communities will emerge and eventually prevail… ③ A new wave of breakthrough innovation promoting ultra decentralized systems, such as for example the Social Linked Data, the Blockchain and other, will create the next-new opportunities for efficient learning collaboration…  The challenge now is to learn how to design better ICT-based learning systems by integrating these innovative design models, with solid and open source code, and lessons learned from practice!  The participation of eTwinning in this is highly important… 8
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