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Open & Collaborative Learning: How Social Networks Can Transform Learning

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A presentation for Southwestern Community College, Sylva, North Carolina.

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Open & Collaborative Learning: How Social Networks Can Transform Learning

  1. 1. Open & Collaborative Learning How Social Networks Can Transform Education Dr. Alec Couros April 2010 Southwestern Community College Sylva, North Carolina
  2. 2. Who is this guy?
  3. 3. risk
  4. 4. “Web 2.0 tools that might allow academics to reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and services responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
  5. 5. my blog, my hub
  6. 6. photo sharing
  7. 7. video sharing
  8. 8. social networking services
  9. 9. content sharing
  10. 10. copyleft
  11. 11. open cv
  12. 12. open teaching
  13. 13. changes
  14. 14. Free Tools
  15. 15. Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, not exclusively by a closed organization, firm, or individual. (wikipedia)
  16. 16. Open Access “The aim of the open access movement is to make scientific and scholarly literature openly accessible to all users free of charge.” (open-access.net) open access is beginning to expand to conferences, courses, and other educational events
  17. 17. Ubiquity
  18. 18. Personal Learning Networks
  19. 19. context
  20. 20. Each technology creates a new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
  21. 21. Mario Couros
  22. 22. connected reality
  23. 23. quick stats (2009) • 90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email users • 234 million websites • 1.73 billion Internet users • 126 millions blogs • 350 million Facebook users • 4 billion images on Flickr • 1 billion Youtube videos served daily. Stats as of Jan 22/10 via Royal Pingdom
  24. 24. Stats as of March 17/10 via Mashable
  25. 25. David Wiley Then vs Now Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  26. 26. David Wiley Education vs Everyday Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  27. 27. danah boyd Teens are not connecting in the ways we fear. But, we need to pay attention to: •Properties: persistence, replicability, searchability, scalability, (de)locatability. •Dynamics: invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, blurring of public & private @zephoria spaces
  28. 28. Michael Wesch • Inspired by McLuhan’s “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” • Youtube & other social media mitigate “connection without constraint”. In many cases this leaves to @mwesch “tremendously deep communities”.
  29. 29. practice
  30. 30. connecting educators
  31. 31. Grade 1 - Expert Visits @kathycassidy
  32. 32. Grade 5 - Choir on Youtube ps22chorus.blogspot.com
  33. 33. Grade 6 - Global Connections @zbpipe
  34. 34. Around the World - 80 Schools @langwitches
  35. 35. Highschool - Youtube Channel @amhwrites
  36. 36. HigherEd - Open Courses eci831.wikispaces.com
  37. 37. Professional Identities
  38. 38. PD Gone Wild
  39. 39. Real-time search
  40. 40. Real-time collaboration
  41. 41. Real-time streaming ps22chorus.blogspot.com
  42. 42. Thinning Walls Private Public Closed Open
  43. 43. designing 4 openness
  44. 44. if you build it ...
  45. 45. non-credit students
  46. 46. social affordance
  47. 47. distributed conversations
  48. 48. culture of sharing
  49. 49. global classroom
  50. 50. invisible colleges
  51. 51. why this matters?
  52. 52. Disruptive media
  53. 53. Social Learning
  54. 54. New Possibilities
  55. 55. Power of Openness
  56. 56. Disruptive Education
  57. 57. Drive to Connect
  58. 58. @willrich45
  59. 59. “I was able to go out and learn throughout the entire week, the entire year, and I’m still learning with “The best part of the course is that it’s not ending. With the connections we’ve built, it never has to end.”
  60. 60. “The course ... has been the most profound pd experience I’ve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my practice. I never knew how important social networks were. Now, I couldn’t be a teacher without being connected. It’s drastically changed my view of education.”
  61. 61. this is not going away social media provides engagement/motivation incredible possibilities for teaching and learning development of meaningful learning communities good teaching is shared & transparent
  62. 62. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros couros@gmail.com

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