Quality Everywhere in ELearning or Why Velcro Matters

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Slides from my presentation at the European Foundation for Quality in Elearning about how we create connections (thus the Velcro TM) for learning anytime, anywhere.

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  • Quality Everywhere in ELearning or Why Velcro Matters

    1. Quality everywhere: Hooking learning quality to communities, informal learning and Web 2.0 EFQUEL Lisboa 2008 Nancy White/Full Circle Associates
    2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gitboy/373784185/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/gitboy/373784185 /
    3. 1. Some context 2. Some strategies 3. Many questions
    4. http://www.plexusinstitute.org/complexity/index.cfm?id=3
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    6. What needs to grow beyond the boundaries of formal learning? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsevilla/189528500/in/set-1368427/
    7. Beyond our curriculum and courses… http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewall/206426067 /
    8. Beyond our “classrooms” http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewall/206426067 /
    9. Beyond our institutions… http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewall/206426067 /
    10. What is emerging?
    11. The buzz part 1 social learning in a networked world
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    13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynetter/653541864/in/set-72057594139269787/ Photo via Flickr CC www.flickr.com/photos/azlijamil01/231592469/  
    14. Learning Communities Knowledge Networks Communities of Practice Online Communities
    15. From David Wilcox
    16. Many: Networks We: Communities Me: the Individual Personal identity, interest & trajectory Bounded membership; group identity, shared interest Boundaryless; fuzzy, intersecting interests
    17. Informal learning “What happens the rest of the time.” – Marcia Connor http://agelesslearner.com/intros/informal.html
    18. Jay Cross Informal Learning Evangelist http://informl.com/the-informal-learning-page/
    19. Connectivism – George Siemens Connectivism : A Learning Theory for the Digital Age http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
    20. Rhizomatic Learning Dave Cormier http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=550 A rhizomatic plant has no center and no defined boundary ; rather, it is made up of a number of semi-independent nodes, each of which is capable of growing and spreading on its own, bounded only by the limits of its habitat (Cormier 2008 ). …. In the rhizomatic view, knowledge can only be negotiated , and the contextual, collaborative learning experience shared by constructivist and connectivist pedagogies is a social as well as a personal knowledge-creation process with mutable goals and constantly negotiated premises.
    21. <ul><li>The rhizome metaphor, which represents a critical leap in coping with the loss of a canon against which to compare, judge, and value knowledge, may be particularly apt as a model for disciplines on the bleeding edge where the canon is fluid and knowledge is a moving target . </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you, Dave! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
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    23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aphrodite/66231929/ The buzz part 2 “Web 2.0”
    24. “… it was designed to allow people to work together by combining their knowledge in a web of hypertext documents.” (From Tim Berners-Lee’s Bio)
    25. The simplest thing that could possibly work… Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki
    26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynetter/483849193/in/set-72057594139269787/
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    28. Stephen Downes, August 13 th One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old Pretty good review. The author, a 12-year old with previous computer experience, puts the computers through its paces before writing. While satisfied with the programs and the usability, he complains that the computer is too slow and the battery doesn't last long enough. Don't skip the comments, as the (adult) readers alternate between being impressed by the review and not believing that a 12-year old wrote it. It's worth remarking (again) that children today spend their days reading and writing on the internet. So a literate review from a 12-year old should not be a surprise. SG, Freedom to Tinker August 13, 2007 [ Link ] [Tags: Usability , Experi ence ] [ Comment ] http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=41279
    29. Tech + Social: Technology has fundamentally changed how we can be together
    30. TOGETHERNESS SEPARATENESS http://www.flickr.com/photos/angerboy/201582453/
    31. Community time Community space Shifting engagement….
    32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldcafe/227358678 / INTERACTING PUBLISHING
    33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldcafe/227358678 / INTERACTING PUBLISHING
    34. Vocabularies, tools, concepts, methods, stories, papers, pictures, reports… Conversing, experimenting, practicing, learning, planning…
    35. INDIVIDUAL GROUP
    36. Designed for groups, experienced as individuals Does not imply homogeneity Multimembership Attention
    37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/philwalter/348238734/ Strategies and Tips
    38. How do we enable people to… <ul><li>discover & appropriate useful technology </li></ul><ul><li>be in and use communities & networks (people) </li></ul><ul><li>express their identity </li></ul><ul><li>find and create content </li></ul><ul><li>usefully participate </li></ul>? ? ?
    39. Build in HOOKS! (think velcro !)
    40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjaniceryuvallos/1600857189/ Technology Hooks
    41. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/ “ Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs…
    42. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.” Wenger, White and Smith, 2007
    43. Togetherness Separateness Interacting Publishing Individual Group
    44. addressing inherent community tensions Tools Group asynchronous discussion boards teleconference chat instant messaging member directory wiki blog telephony/ VoIP individual profile page e-mail e-mail lists scratch pad RSS “ new” indicators subscription podcast content repository presence indicator buddy list security Q&A systems RSS aggregator newsletter calendar videoconference application sharing whiteboard site index participation statistics search subgroups personalization community public page version control document management UseNet content rating scheduling polling commenting networking tools tagging bookmarking shared filtering geomapping www.TechnologyForCommunities.com Etienne Wenger Nancy White John Smith Individual Interacting Publishing synchronous Group asynchronous
    45. Community activities oriented to … … meetings … context … community cultivation … access to expertise … projects … open-ended conversation … content publishing … individual participation … relationships © 2006 Wenger, White, and Smith
    46. … meetings … access to expertise … context … community cultivation … projects … open-ended conversation … content publishing … individual participation … relationships © 2006 Wenger, White, and Smith Community activities oriented to … Course
    47. Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Learner’s Blog Central Blog External Reader External Reader RSS FEED Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader Reader External Reader Roster Syllabus Schedule Course
    48. Support Community … meetings … access to expertise … context … community cultivation … projects … open-ended conversation … content publishing … individual participation … relationships © 2006 Wenger, White, and Smith Community activities oriented to …
    49. Forums Directories Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Social networking tools Support Community
    50. … meetings … access to expertise … context … community cultivation … projects … open-ended conversation … content publishing … individual participation … relationships © 2006 Wenger, White, and Smith Community activities oriented to … Edubloggers’ network
    51. Edubloggers Community my arise between the blogs around shared interest Edublogger #2 Edublogger #3 Edublogger #1
    52. People Hooks http://www.flickr.com/photos/micheleryan/418311581/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwirksilver/133694322 /
    53. Create paths and patterns of connection DURING a Course <ul><li>Guests </li></ul><ul><li>Field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of related groups and networks </li></ul>
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    55. TWITTER
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    58. Identity hooks???
    59. Side Note: Me Online Today
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    65. <ul><li>Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios with meaning outside of a course </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul>
    66. Content Hooks http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankfarm/281433729 /
    67. http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/253218488/ SEARCH
    68. Content creation…
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    70. Tagging
    71. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/2312541719/
    72. Participation hooks (I was tempted to say practice…)
    73. Role model and apply tools & processes
    74. Adoption takes time: Wiki Wednesday & FAQ Project
    75. try, reflect, iterate
    76. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/418922552/in/set-72157600218310366 / PLAY!
    77. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjaniceryuvallos/1600857189/ The velcro of bridging to informal learning… <ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul></ul></ul>
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    79. Challenges <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Swiftly changing technology </li></ul><ul><li>Language and Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Learning preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Swiftly changing culture and context </li></ul>
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    81. Understanding our roles <ul><li>policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>researchers </li></ul><ul><li>elearning quality related organizations </li></ul><ul><li>decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNERS! </li></ul>
    82. Evolving a “Quality Literacy” <ul><li>What does the quality co-construction of learning mean? </li></ul><ul><li>… solo learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the tensions between quantity and quality ? </li></ul><ul><li>What constitutes quality communities and networks ? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it worth it ? </li></ul>
    83. Tackling the barriers? <ul><li>Tickling the edge of organizational change </li></ul><ul><li>Can we take a whole systems approach? </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership walking the talk </li></ul>
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    85. Epilogue Resources http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/Quality+in+Informal+and+Community+Learning Or http://tinyurl.com/4sff2k Contact Nancy White nancyw at fullcirc dot com http://www.fullcirc.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/poagao/527259905/

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