Hmid6303 Participatory Learning Culture


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Hmid6303 Participatory Learning Culture

  1. 2. Overarching Issues <ul><li>What is the extent of the impact of open content and tools on e-learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Which are the best practice examples of open information communities and tools in terms of their contribution towards free and open access materials? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there compelling evidence of learner participation in open information communities? </li></ul>
  2. 3. Does web2.0 impact e-learning? <ul><li>By revolutionizing our ideas towards: </li></ul><ul><li>Access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Permanence of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Quality standards for information </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge authority </li></ul><ul><li>Information sharing; and </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of knowledge? </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>‘ Web 2.0 harnesses the collective intelligence of individuals in a time of knowledge abundance- the participatory learning age’ </li></ul>
  4. 5. Participatory communities & tools <ul><li>Wiki: a means for work teams to collaboratively write and edit documents online </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia as example of social constructivist nature of knowledge (founded by Jimmy Wales) </li></ul><ul><li>-relies on post publication peer reviews for self regulation and quality assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Future of Wikipedia: to be more personalized and customized </li></ul>
  5. 6. Commons- Free media repository WikiQuote- Quotation collection Wikispecies- Directory of species Wikiversity- Free learning materials & activities Selected Wikimedia Community Projects
  6. 7. Learner participation & empowerment <ul><li>Learners’ voice in own learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Learner’s increase responsibility for own learning </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Today…learners can find, design, mix and remix, repurpose and select content to share’ </li></ul>
  7. 8. Affordances of web 2.0 tools to learners <ul><li>Increased learner participation through creating own wikibooks; </li></ul><ul><li>Produce own news with Current TV and generate own radio programmes with syndicated podcasts; </li></ul><ul><li>Post comments about books, news and other podcasts in blogs or online discussion groups </li></ul><ul><li>More collaborative team work, for teams to interact and negotiate ideas </li></ul>
  8. 9. Web 2.0 social networking tools for e-learning <ul><li>Tool 1: Chinswing </li></ul><ul><li>Rationale: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ the world needs more communication between people of differing social, political and religious contexts…’ </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Tool for online language use </li></ul><ul><li>To talk and discuss issues (to bring about social change) </li></ul><ul><li>To foster tolerance towards diversity </li></ul>
  9. 10. Web 2.0 tools cont. <ul><li>Tool 2: dotSUB </li></ul><ul><li>Tool 3: YackPack </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Adds subtitles in any language to online videos </li></ul><ul><li>For sending audio files via e-mail- to practise language skills, for course announcements, expert commentaries etc </li></ul>
  10. 11. Wide array of free learning resources <ul><li>‘ An always-on always-new always-free resources for learning’ </li></ul><ul><li>Combined tools - for personalized learning such as through watching a Common Craft video through dotSUB </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube - a powerful vehicle for learning, as students can create a YouTube video as a class project </li></ul><ul><li>Common Craft - with free online videos on web 2.0 tools and applications (podcasts, wikis, social networking, RSS feeds, blogs, Twitter, social bookmarking) </li></ul>
  11. 12. YouTube Story 1: Dancing Matt <ul><li>To foster a sense of global harmony and individual uniqueness through online video </li></ul>Source: )
  12. 13. <ul><li>DID YOU KNOW?: YouTube Video Story 2 </li></ul><ul><li>China and India seem likely to have more honours students than total number of students in the US </li></ul><ul><li>China will soon become the world’ s top English speaking country </li></ul><ul><li>Education to prepare students for future job demands; enabled to work with emerging technologies </li></ul><ul><li>(Now made possible by wealth of inexpensive collaborative technologies) </li></ul>
  13. 14. Other popular videos of ‘authentic learning in action’ <ul><li>African school dream – to show the rest of the world the plight of Godwin Agudey’s New Era school (filmed by Yan Chun Su/ “Ysu”) </li></ul><ul><li>Global Nomads Group and International Studies for Indiana Schools -for students to learn about world cultures through videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>(To foster tolerance and openness) </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Power of learning networks: </li></ul><ul><li>O ne person, and one technology, can prompt us to reflect and rethink the purpose and goals of education worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ One-to-many has become many-to-many’ </li></ul>(Source:
  15. 16. Examples of networks <ul><li>TeacherTube: </li></ul><ul><li>Offers repository of teaching and learning ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Users create video groups, subscribe to channels and member videos </li></ul><ul><li>Users upload, tag and share videos </li></ul><ul><li>Users create playlists and share with networks </li></ul><ul><li>Big Think : video content site for people to generate, learn about and discuss ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Research Channel: to access and participate around research of world class institutions </li></ul><ul><li>SciVee: for scientists to share technical papers, post videos, podcasts , pubcast and form communities around research </li></ul>
  16. 17. Participatory e-books <ul><li>Revolutionize traditional publishing: authors more in control of participatory publishing process </li></ul><ul><li>Example 1: WEbook model: launch book idea or project then collaborative writing followed by collaborative editing </li></ul><ul><li>Example 2: MIT’s Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content and Open Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Example 3: Yale’s book by Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom </li></ul>
  17. 18. Scribd and LibraryThing <ul><li>Scribd- Paper sharing site for educators to share syllabi, curriculum lessons and books using a Flash based document, iPaper </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing- for posting books, join interest groups/book clubs, discuss, tag, rate, review, borrow and buy books </li></ul>
  18. 19. Reflections to share on Ning <ul><li>Is there a shift in e-learning towards more participatory learning by students? </li></ul><ul><li>How about the reality of social exclusion and marginalization of students with no access to technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>Can students afford not to engage in participatory learning?’ </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Bonk, C.J. (2009). The World is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education, Hoboken: Jossey-Brass </li></ul><ul><li>See also: </li></ul>