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Connected pedagogies toward democratic participation in a time of polarization

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Has the digital become a poisioned well? As we come to understand the ways in which platforms and organizations use digital spaces to mine data and undermine democratic participation, how can we create room for meaningful pedagogical engagement with each other, in our classrooms and across distance?

A keynote for MADLaT 2018

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Connected pedagogies toward democratic participation in a time of polarization

  1. 1. Me.
  2. 2. + MADLaT = <3
  3. 3. A small world with big problems
  4. 4. Education for – and IN – this world?
  5. 5. Increasing Polarization
  6. 6. Predictive, algorithmic stereotyping - Benjamin Doxdator, 2017
  7. 7. Abuse of Power
  8. 8. Digital spaces have been my work & professional learning environment for more than 15yrs
  9. 9. A big part of where I teach
  10. 10. Were they right? L
  11. 11. Is the digital a poisoned well?
  12. 12. In the midst of pervasive change & uncertainty, the internet *can* serve as a powerful agent for building connections and global human understanding
  13. 13. 2 ways to see the digital: https://www.flickr.com/photos/the4mahers/6802850117/
  14. 14. Attention Economy vs. Participatory Culture https://bryanmmathers.com/participatory-culture/
  15. 15. BOTH ARE TRUE.
  16. 16. Participatory culture is about people. Sharing. Learning. Perspective-taking & building together.
  17. 17. Monetization is about triggering behaviours for profit
  18. 18. And tracking behaviours for profit
  19. 19. The monetization & participatory culture lenses are basically mutually exclusive
  20. 20. But this tension is a HUMAN problem, not a *digital* problem
  21. 21. Very little the digital enables is actually new
  22. 22. So how do we DEAL with this problem?
  23. 23. • COMPLEXITY • CONNECTION
  24. 24. COMPLEXITY
  25. 25. To know how to address a problem, you need to know what kind of problem you HAVE. .
  26. 26. SIMPLE
  27. 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tojosan/176759844
  28. 28. Simple Problems 1. Only one answer needed 2. That answer always works 3. Does not require subject matter expertise 4. Solutions can be Googled
  29. 29. COMPLICATED
  30. 30. Complicated Problems 1. Sometimes more than one solution is possible 2. A solution is possible 3. Requires subject matter expertise 4. Usually a lot of work
  31. 31. COMPLEX
  32. 32. Complex Problems 1. Do not have a solution 2. Can only work on part of the problem 3. Iteration is key 4. You have to look for patterns
  33. 33. Complicated/complex? Landing on the moon
  34. 34. Complicated/complex? Climate change
  35. 35. Complicated/complex? Video games
  36. 36. Complicated/complex? Raising kids
  37. 37. Complicated/complex? Pedagogical approaches?
  38. 38. Complicated/complex? Pedagogical approaches to hijacked democracy?
  39. 39. Patterns for action:
  40. 40. •  COMPLEX problems can be best addressed by networks & teamwork. •  To approach these problems strategically, adaptive approaches are important to prioritize.
  41. 41. Technical vs. Adaptive Responses
  42. 42. Knowledge abundance "For the first time in human history, two related propositions are true. One, it no longer is possible to store within the human brain all of the information that a human needs. Second, it no longer is necessary to store within the human brain all of the information that humans need. Education needs to be geared toward the handling of data rather than the accumulation of data.” - Berlo, 1975
  43. 43. I propose that knowledge abundance – navigating change – is the complex problem AND the adaptive challenge of our time.
  44. 44. CONNECTION
  45. 45. Structure of abundance = networks https://plus.google.com/+DaveGray/posts/CQRVeKEsUvFpid=5751686447270321954&oid=117373186752666867801
  46. 46. Collaborative problem-solving & knowledge- building
  47. 47. So. When THEY mine data & undermine democracy… WE build connection in a weaponized culture?
  48. 48. Yip.
  49. 49. Networked communications: many-to-many connections http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/it/thumb/d/d8/Do_Not_Adjust_Your_Set.jpg/280px-Do_Not_Adjust_Your_Set.jpg
  50. 50. We become network nodes, forming webs of visible (& invisible) connections
  51. 51. Connection + Connections = A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching & Learning in Complexity
  52. 52. CONNECTION = Build relationships
  53. 53. In institutional structures, an individual has a role. In a networked culture, an individual has an identity, which it is his/her job to differentiate.
  54. 54. Solve problems together
  55. 55. Own your mistakes.
  56. 56. Model being open to change
  57. 57. Help people build connectionS
  58. 58. BADGES: A UPEI Pilot Initiative
  59. 59. A complement to classroom learning
  60. 60. Knowledge-building for long-term success Employability Skills Networks & Presence Academic Skills & Credentials where “luck” happens
  61. 61. Learning, not just training
  62. 62. CLUSTERS
  63. 63. Fight the enclosure of learning & democratic participation
  64. 64. Remember. Change is iterative.
  65. 65. A challenge, to practices & pedagogies.
  66. 66. Thank you. @bonstewart

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