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George Siemens at TLT

  1. 1. Education: An ecology of connections George Siemens May 14, 2008 TLt Summit Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Learning Technologies Centre www.umanitoba.ca/
  2. 2. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  3. 3. CHANGE
  4. 4. Social and technological
  5. 5. Technological revolution Year Industrial from 1771 Steam/Railways from 1829 Steel/Electricity from 1875 Oil/Automobile/Mass from 1908 production Information/ from 1971 telecommunications Perez, C. 2004
  6. 6. Technological Conceptual
  7. 7. Why change?
  8. 8. Class
  9. 9. Divine Right
  10. 10. Unfair system: Access Barriers
  11. 11. Resonance
  12. 12. But, these things take time
  13. 13. Tension points of education Open/Closed Amateur/Expert Foster/Command Network/Hierarchy
  14. 14. Reduce barriers
  15. 15. Increased
  16. 16. Increased participation
  17. 17. Where are we now? Here Here Here Technological Conceptual
  18. 18. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  19. 19. Complicated
  20. 20. To know the right answer
  21. 21. Complex
  22. 22. When we see complex as
  23. 23. Satisfied with false knowns
  24. 24. Creation of new frameworks,
  25. 25. When we iconosize concepts, we strip them of the opportunity to morph
  26. 26. Nothing is more pernicious in science than attempts to establish adherence to doctrines Radcliffe-Brown (1940)
  27. 27. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  28. 28. Technology as blessing and
  29. 29. Balance is the new extreme
  30. 30. Boundaries between people
  31. 31. But what happens to us?
  32. 32. What of community?
  33. 33. Fragmentation Information Identity Understanding
  34. 34. The more we become
  35. 35. But individual centralization
  36. 36. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  37. 37. Learning as network formation Connection are sufficient
  38. 38. Networks occur within
  39. 39. Ecologies: environments that fosters and supports learning Chaotic Structured informality Adaptive Alive Diverse Emergent Self-organizing, individually directed
  40. 40. Education as ecology Classroom, courses, programs, system Beyond formal Beyond myopic view of learner
  41. 41. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  42. 42. Instructor’s role
  43. 43. Educator as scaffolder? Accreditor? Network administrator Curator/concierge Product/process…content/interaction
  44. 44. Blend, spectrum Formal to informal Gradients of technology use Contextual
  45. 45. EC & I 831 http:// eci831.wikispaces.com /
  46. 46. How are ideas vetted/ validated? Source of validation: By experts? Amateurs? Unwashed masses? Method: By networks? Openness? Hierarchical?
  47. 47. 1. Let’s have a revolution!! (but they take time) 2. Complex and complicated 3. What technology does to/for us 4. Ecologies 5. The person formerly known as teacher 6. The Learner
  48. 48. “people have much more knowledge than appears to be present in the information to which they have been exposed” Landauer and Dumais (1997)
  49. 49. Biggs SOLO
  50. 50. Learner’s role
  51. 51. Wayfinding Darken, R. 1996
  52. 52. On
  53. 53. Move to exploration
  54. 54. Websites and Newsletters www.elearnspace.org www.knowingknowledge.com www.connectivism.ca http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wordpress/ gsiemens AT elearnspace DOT org

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