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Open Scholarship & Connected Learning


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My slidedeck for a keynote presentation given at PELeCON 2012 in Plymouth UK, on April 19, 2012

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Open Scholarship & Connected Learning

  1. 1. Open Scholarship & Connected LearningPELeCONApril 19, 2012Plymouth UKDr. Alec Couros
  2. 2. #pelc12
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Who Am I?
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. Matt KirkNick
  7. 7. open teaching
  8. 8. non-credit students
  9. 9. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  10. 10. early inspirations
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. human thought/ideas human language source codehigh-level language (e.g. C++, Java, PERL) low-level language (assembly language) code irretrievable machine code (binary)
  13. 13. “Linux is subversive. Who would have thought even five years ago that a world-class operating system couldcoalesce as if by magic out of part-time hacking by several thousand developers scattered all over the planet, connected by only tenuous strands of the Internet.” (Raymond, 1997)
  14. 14. “A key to transformation is for the teaching profession to establishinnovation networks that capturethe spirit and culture of hackers - the passion, the can-do, the collective sharing.” (Hargreaves, 2003)
  15. 15. 21st Century Learning Networks
  16. 16. 21st Century Learning Networks
  17. 17. power, control & fear as key barriers
  18. 18. Free/Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, notexclusively by a closed organization, firm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
  19. 19. From  NAGPS  (2011)  via  h4p://
  20. 20. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  21. 21. @jonmott
  22. 22. literacies
  23. 23. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  24. 24. Politics
  25. 25.
  26. 26. Services
  27. 27. Reputation
  28. 28. Crowdsourcing
  29. 29. “I’m New” by Kutiman
  30. 30. Kindness in Networks
  31. 31. God bless you and your familythrough this difficult time.
  32. 32. My best attempt, I onlyremoved the tubing, leftcolors and levels alone. Iam sorry for your loss.
  33. 33. I color corrected theskintones a bit as well.
  34. 34. minor lighting, a 6 x 4 crop for printing in standard size & removed some of the background. well done fellow redditors !!!!
  35. 35. Fixed thechair
  36. 36. OK black background gone. Sorry it took so long, hadto start over. Thanks again to wahoorob for doing thehard part.
  37. 37. Sorry for the late help. I wentfor simplicity. Enjoy - and Ihope you remember her well.
  38. 38. myth of the digital native
  39. 39.
  40. 40. Children and young people are described as ‘the collaboration generation’, eager to work togethertowards common goals, share content and draw upon“the power of mass collaboration”. This combination of individualisation and collaboration is often presented as giving young people a propensity to question, challenge and critique. These are individuals who “typically can’t imagine a life where citizens didn’t have the tools to constantly think critically, exchange views, challenge, authenticate, verify, or debunk. The Digital Native - Myth & Reality, Selwyn (2009)
  41. 41. Are We To Believe This?
  42. 42. Or This?
  43. 43. Or This?
  44. 44. “... age is not a determining factor instudents’ digital lives; rather, their familiarityand experience using ICTs is more relevant.” “... the notion of ‘digital natives’ is inaccurate: those with such attributes are effectively a digital elite. Instead of a new net generation growing up to replace an older analogue generation, there is a deepening digital divide ... characterized not by age but by access and opportunity.”
  45. 45. information literacy
  46. 46. memes
  47. 47. “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
  48. 48.
  49. 49. “...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot gettheir heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker
  50. 50. what does it mean when you like something?
  51. 51. digital fluency
  52. 52. “Technological fluency means much more than the ability to use technological tools;that would be equivalent to understanding a few common phrases in a language. To become truly fluent in a language (like English or French), one must be able toarticulate a complex idea or tell an engaging story -- that is, to be able to make things of significance with these tools. ” The Computer Clubhouse: Technology Fluency in the Inner City, Resnick, Rusk, & Cooke (1998)
  53. 53. The Difference Between Digital Literacy & Digital Fluency, C. Briggs (2011)
  54. 54. digital identity
  55. 55. Best Job in the World
  56. 56. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
  57. 57.
  58. 58. social learning
  59. 59. “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.”
  60. 60. closing thoughts
  61. 61. open scholarship
  62. 62. 111
  63. 63. 112
  64. 64. making learning visible
  65. 65. Text
  66. 66. Live Radio From the Classroom
  67. 67. Live Radio From the Classroom
  68. 68. how are you making learning visible?
  69. 69. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  70. 70. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore @courosa