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  1. 1. Open And Connected Learning Leveraging Networks for Learning Dr. Alec Couros At Michigan State University October 27, 2012
  2. 2. #coetc12
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Last Updated 2006
  5. 5. Personal Open Spaces
  6. 6. Open Teaching
  7. 7. Open Tenure/Promotion App
  8. 8. “The Open Scholar is someone who makes their intellectual processes digitally visible and who invites and encourages ongoing criticism of their work and secondary uses of any or all parts of it -- at any stage of its development.” (Burton, G., 2009)
  9. 9. Open Doctrine
  10. 10. changes
  11. 11. “in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000” “72 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.” “More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month that the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  12. 12. significant shifts atoms <---> bits scarcity <---> abundance consuming <---> creating individuals <---> networks control <---> freedom
  13. 13. current context - new affordances tools, content, networks
  14. 14. tools
  15. 15. Toward a Mobile Reality Early Days of PCs in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  16. 16. Convergence
  17. 17. NY Subway
  18. 18. JB Concert photographed by George Couros
  19. 19. Source:
  20. 20. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  21. 21. content
  22. 22. Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” • George Siemens
  23. 23. “Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water... There’s no competitive advantage in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” (2012) @drtonywagner
  24. 24. networks
  25. 25. Social Networking Services
  26. 26. Six Degrees of Separation “the idea that everyone is on average six steps away, by way of introduction, from another person in the world.”
  27. 27. “Chance favors the connected mind” ~ Stephen Johnson @npyrini @elenelli
  28. 28. Strength of Weak Ties “There is strength in weak ties. Our acquaintances, not our friends, are potentially our greatest source of new ideas and information.” (paraphrased from Gladwell, 2010)
  29. 29. Where Good Ideas Come From “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.” (Steven Johnson, 2010)
  30. 30. networks 1. mechanism: enable communication & collaboration in ways that were once impossible. 2. inspiration: connect us to new ideas & expand our thinking & potential for innovation. * ‘us’ meaning those who are increasingly literate
  31. 31. inspirations & possibilities value of free, weak ties, visible learning
  32. 32. value of free
  33. 33. “Gift cultures are adaptations not to scarcity but to abundance .... In gift cultures, social status is determined not by what you control, but by what you give away. (1997) @esrtweet
  34. 34. “For Unleashing the Ideavirus, Godin released the entire eBook on the Internet for free, which led to eventual publishing deals in 41 countries and a public speaking career.”
  35. 35. “the song intentionally lacked a copyright so that people would be encouraged to create their own online parodies, in essence their own "XYZ Style"”
  36. 36. 21st Century Learning Networks
  37. 37. 21st Century Learning Networks
  38. 38. strength of weak ties
  39. 39. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010) Howard Rheingold
  40. 40. @dlnorman
  41. 41. @giuliaforsythe
  42. 42. @noiseprofessor @noiseprofessor
  43. 43. @noiseprofessor
  44. 44. @timlauer
  45. 45. memes “The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a replicator and propagator - an idea, a fashion, a chain letter, or a conspiracy theory. On a bad day, a meme is a virus” Lowenstein, 1999
  46. 46.
  47. 47. “To run for president in the age of the Internet is to risk your words, your image and - most importantly - your mistakes, will be photoshopped clipped, edited, remixed and remastered online in the form of a viral meme.”
  48. 48. “...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Western governments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot get their heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker
  49. 49. making learning visible
  50. 50. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  51. 51. Matt Kirk Nick
  52. 52. how are you making learning visible?
  53. 53. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  54. 54. #eci831
  55. 55. cMOOC pedagogy relies heavily on gift economies, weak ties, participatory culture & making learning visible
  56. 56. network mentors
  57. 57. non-credit students
  58. 58. course trailer
  59. 59. student-controlled spaces
  60. 60. co-created & shared resources
  61. 61. “I was able to go out and learn throughout the entire week, the entire year, and I’m still learning with everyone.” “The best part of the course is that it’s not ending. With the connections we’ve built, it never has to end.”
  62. 62. @jonmott
  63. 63. concluding thoughts
  64. 64. (Joichi Ito)
  65. 65. “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” ~Tagore @courosa