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Learning ecology v2

  1. 1. Learning ecology: beyond the university's virtual environments ACES WP, Diversity & LTA seminar 27 May 2010 Anne-Florence Dujardin
  2. 2. Virtual environment(s)? <ul><li>Not just the VLE </li></ul>
  3. 3. ICT is everywhere The library The lecture hall The lab Anywhere
  4. 4. Twitter in the classroom University of Texas at Dallas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8 http://www.utdallas.edu/~mar046000/usweb/twitterconclusions.htm
  5. 5. Towards a Posthuman education? <ul><li>The posthuman view configures human being so that it can be seamlessly articulated with intelligent machines… there are no essential differences or absolute demarcations between bodily existence and computer simulation, cybernetic mechanisms and biological organism, robot technology and human goals. Hayles (1999) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Back to the now… <ul><li>Defining social media </li></ul><ul><li>Student skills – and staff skills </li></ul><ul><li>Deploying social media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter announcements (and more) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screencast feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review by blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn group for Comm and Media Studies </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. JISC definition <ul><li>“ technologies that enable communication, collaboration, participation and sharing” (Hughes 2009) </li></ul>
  8. 8. A richer definition Suter, Alexander, and Kaplan, P. (2005) a  tool for augmenting human social and collaborative abilities a  medium for facilitating social connection and information interchange an  ecology for enabling a “system of people, practices, values and technologies in a particular local environment”
  9. 9. http://images.businessweek.com/mz/07/24/0724_6insiid_a.gif (2007) http://forrester.typepad.com/groundswell/2010/01/conversationalists-get-onto-the-ladder.html (2010)
  10. 10. Forrester - UK data http:// www.forrester.com/Groundswell/profile_tool.html (2009)
  11. 11. Who is using what (by age) http://www.flowtown.com/blog/social-media-demographics-whos-using-which-sites?display =wide (2010)
  12. 12. Learning ecology for a PG module
  13. 13. Diigo social bookmarking <ul><li>Many different applications: Delicious, Connotea, Zotero. So why Diigo? </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for education: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>offer privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discuss bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>summarise with ‘topics’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extract entries made by individual students </li></ul></ul>
  14. 17. Assessing social bookmarking
  15. 18. Twitter
  16. 19. Twitter newspaper
  17. 20. Feedback by screencast Student feedback: “I really like the screencast mechanism. More generally, it’s been interesting to follow and learn from other people’s feedback too. I probably wouldn’t have bothered to check all the others if I had to cross-reference a posting with a saved document, but the screencasts make it really easy”
  18. 21. Peer review by blog
  19. 22. LinkedIn group
  20. 23. In conclusion <ul><li>Two aims </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to evoke the richness of social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to provoke conversation (conversion?) about these different modes of interacting online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take-home point: learning online is not about content, it's about conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions or comments? </li></ul>
  21. 24. References <ul><li>Hayles N.K. (1999) How we Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics . University of Chicago Press </li></ul><ul><li>Hughes, A. (2009) Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World . Bristol: JISC. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/heweb20rptv1.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Suter, V., Alexander, B. and Kaplan, P. (2005) ‘Social software and the future of conferences – right now’. Educause Review , 40 (1): 46-59. </li></ul>