Knock Down the Walls: Toward a Model of Open Teaching

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My plenary presentation for MoodleMoot Canada, 2009, Edmonton Alberta, April 3, 2009.

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Knock Down the Walls: Toward a Model of Open Teaching

  1. 1. Open & Networked Teaching moodle moot canada ‘09 alec couros Thursday, April 2, 2009
  2. 2. #hackcouros Thursday, April 2, 2009
  3. 3. #HeyAlecIReallyWantToLet YouKnowWhatIAmThinking AndWouldLikeToGiveYouSo meInputIntoYourPresentatio nSoHereAreMyThoughtsFor YourConsiderationThnks Thursday, April 2, 2009
  4. 4. who is this guy? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  5. 5. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  6. 6. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  7. 7. open doctrine? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  8. 8. open doctrine? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  9. 9. journey Thursday, April 2, 2009
  10. 10. knowledge what is k? • how is k acquired? • how do we know what • we know? why do we know what • we know? what do humans know? • who controls k? • how is k controlled? • Thursday, April 2, 2009
  11. 11. assumptions re: school knowledge is scarce • access can be controlled • boundaries make sense • expertise rests only in individuals • learning can be managed • change is slow • we can rest on reputation • we can predict the future • is the best way to learn • Thursday, April 2, 2009
  12. 12. “A key to transformation is for the teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and culture of hackers - the passion, the can-do, collective sharing.” ~ Hargreaves Thursday, April 2, 2009
  13. 13. reactions: forms of openness open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation Thursday, April 2, 2009
  14. 14. how are creative works produced and shared? cathedral vs. the bazaar Thursday, April 2, 2009
  15. 15. how we view knowledge and creative works copyright/copyleft/commons Thursday, April 2, 2009
  16. 16. open content, access, publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal Thursday, April 2, 2009
  17. 17. access we have to free or inexpensive tools Thursday, April 2, 2009
  18. 18. Rocky Mountain News 1859 - 2009 Thursday, April 2, 2009
  19. 19. social networks redefine communities, • friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. enable learning, • communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. networks formed around • shared interests & objects. Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  21. 21. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content. Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  24. 24. 370 student registered 443 digital devices. 14 students brought desktop computers, 93 brought iphones/Touch devices. Only 5 students reported landline service. 432 of 438 new students on Facebook, College group had 3225 posts before start of school. Source: Academic Commons Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  26. 26. media literacy Accessing, analyzing, • evaluating, and creating messages in a variety of forms. • Enable skillful creators, consumers, and disseminators of media. • Facilitate an understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and influences of media forms. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  27. 27. how ideas spread Thursday, April 2, 2009
  28. 28. how ideas spread Thursday, April 2, 2009
  29. 29. cautions Soulja Boy Thursday, April 2, 2009
  30. 30. cautions new challenges Thursday, April 2, 2009
  31. 31. affordances new motivations Thursday, April 2, 2009
  32. 32. new forms Thursday, April 2, 2009
  33. 33. new forms Thursday, April 2, 2009
  34. 34. going open Thursday, April 2, 2009
  35. 35. mindset changes sharing by default • rethinking privacy • publish, then filter • educators as learners • knowledge as fallible/incomplete • expertise found in networks • relevance of remix/mashup • recognizing alternate forms of creativity • minutia and presence as social bonds • Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  37. 37. build your PLN become a learner (again) • play with the tools • absorb the media • find a network guide • explore online communities • participate in events • be critical, but open minded • share what you have learned • Thursday, April 2, 2009
  38. 38. tell everyone Thursday, April 2, 2009
  39. 39. tell everyone Thursday, April 2, 2009
  40. 40. invite everyone Participants in Jan 2008: 20 registered students • 10 experts in the field • over 200 informal • participants (teachers, admin, professors, admin, k12 students, etc.) Thursday, April 2, 2009
  41. 41. rethink constraints Thursday, April 2, 2009
  42. 42. rethink social architecture Thursday, April 2, 2009
  43. 43. adapt Thursday, April 2, 2009
  44. 44. advantages greater access • currency & adaptability • improved economics • adaptive pedadogies • preserved knowledge • greater diversity of voice • sustainable communities • transparency for critique • long-term connections • Thursday, April 2, 2009
  45. 45. web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros alec.couros@uregina.ca Thursday, April 2, 2009

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