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WORKSHOP: Navigating the Marvellous - considering openness


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Workshop for academic staff at NUI Galway & GMIT (Galway, Ireland) considering open education practices, based on the ideas shared in "Navigating the Marvellous".

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WORKSHOP: Navigating the Marvellous - considering openness

  1. 1. WORKSHOP FOR ACADEMIC STAFF - #CEL263 & GMIT Navigating the Marvellous: considering openness Catherine Cronin  @catherinecronin  NUI Galway  Oct/Nov 2014
  2. 2. “I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.” – Joi Ito @joi Slide: CC-BY-SA catherinecronin Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 yobink
  3. 3. Image: CC BY 2.0 dlofink
  4. 4. I use & adapt OERs in my teaching. I create & share OERs using Creative Commons (CC) licenses. My students create & share OERs, using Creative Commons (CC) licenses. I support my students in connecting & networking with others beyond our class.
  5. 5. At its best openness is an ethos not a license. It's an approach to teaching and learning that builds a community of learners online and off. Jim Groom @jimgroom “
  6. 6. Networked Individualism Social Networks Internet Mobile
  7. 7. 2005 2013 Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 2005-2013
  8. 8. There is a divide between formal and informal learning. Students navigate the dissonance between these – with or without our support.
  9. 9. …furtive thinking and behaviour around open-web resources such as Wikipedia masks the level of use of non-traditional resources and also masks the methods learners use to increase their understanding of subjects, creating what we have called The Learning Black Market. The point at which learning takes place is often not being discussed because either explicitly or implicitly learners are being told by their educational intuitions or perceive that the educational institutions view that their information-seeking practices are not legitimate. David White, Lynn S. Connaway, Donna Lanclos, Erin M. Hood & Carrie Vass Evaluating digital services: a Visitors and Residents approach, JISC InfoNet “
  10. 10. Seamus Heaney Lightenings viii - video by Eoghan Kidney
  11. 11. Networked Teacher Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros
  12. 12. Networked Educators Networked Students Physical Spaces Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  13. 13. CC images: cdessums, infidelic, sholeh!
  14. 14. Networked Educators Networked Students Physical Spaces Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  15. 15. We proposed the idea of a Third Space where teacher and student scripts – the formal and informal, the official and unofficial spaces of the learning environment – intersect, creating the potential for authentic interaction and a shift in the social organization of learning and what counts as knowledge. Kris Gutiérrez (2008) University of Colorado, Boulder “
  16. 16. Open practices give us and our students opportunities to cross boundaries of geography, culture, institution, term, education sector, community, and/or power level…
  17. 17. @CT231 #ct231
  18. 18. #icollab We’re now looking at the ‘tag-team model’ of education: the projects never end, as there is always a cohort to carry on, and lead into the next group, and when they overlap that’s great – that’s where the genuine collaboration happens. Traditionally, we deliver modules/courses, neatly chunked into 12 weeks, with units of assessment, leading to grades etc. and that’s the way things are (generally) done. I’m not saying scrap all of that, but I do think that modules are best served as springboards to other things. Increasingly, students are connecting across levels and cohorts through Twitter and now we have ex-students getting together with current students, undergrads coming to postgrad classes (and vice versa) as they’ve connected online and have a genuine interest in getting involved in other groups/further curricula outside of their taught modules.” Helen Keegan (2012) @heloukee “
  19. 19. #icollab TAGSExplorer thanks to @mhawksey
  20. 20. Individuals, students and educators, can be nodes in a network. Groups and learning communities also can be nodes, e.g. via #hashtags.
  21. 21. #studentvoice Openness... “ I learned a lot more about writing to the public. Before this I would have been less likely to express my views to a group of people online whereas now I would not have a problem in doing so. By posting publicly it opened up our world to other academics or people who are just interested in the topic... I don’t think anyone would have thought that the author of one of the works we were researching would get involved. “
  22. 22. #studentvoice Social networks... “ “ Before studying it, I used Facebook and Twitter mainly just for keeping in contact with people, but since have discovered they both have much more to offer. They are places to discover new information and boost your knowledge. That both education and socialising can be rolled into one.
  23. 23. Learners need to practice and experiment with different ways of enacting their identities, and adopt subject positions through different social technologies and media. These opportunities can only be supported by academic staff who are themselves engaged in digital practices and questioning their own relationship with knowledge. - Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010)
  24. 24. “We have to build our half of the bridge…” Colum McCann Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Tim Haynes
  25. 25. Thank you! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin Image: CC BY 2.0 visualpanic
  26. 26. References Cronin, Catherine (2014). Networked learning and identity development in open online spaces. 9th international Networked Learning Conference, Edinburgh. Facer, Keri & Selwyn, Neil (2010). Social networking: Key messages from the research. In R. Sharpe, H. Beetham & S. de Freitas (Eds.) Rethinking Learning For A Digital Age. Routledge. Gutiérrez, Kris D. (2008). Developing a sociocritical literacy in the Third Space. Reading Research Quarterly, 43(2), 148-164. Heaney, Seamus (1991) Lightenings viii, Seeing Things. Faber and Faber. Ito, Joi (2011, December 5). In an open-source society, innovating by the seat of our pants. The New York Times. Keegan, Helen (2012). A new academic year: global, connected, creative – and not (quite) a MOOC. Pew Research Internet Project (2013). Social Media Update 2013. Rainie, Lee & Wellman, Barry (2012). Networked: The new social operating system. MIT Press.