Why Networks Matter in Teaching & Learning


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Why Networks Matter in Teaching & Learning

  1. 1. Why Networks MatterIn Teaching & Learning Dr. Alec Couros PLE Conference Melbourne, Australia July 12, 2012
  2. 2. #pleconf
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Last Updated 2006
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflectand reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and service 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, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009)
  7. 7. Visualizing Learning
  8. 8. Open/Connected Teaching
  9. 9. network mentors
  10. 10. non-credit students from #eci83120 credit students with 200 ‘official’ mentors
  11. 11. Open Tenure/Promotion App.
  12. 12. “The Open Scholar is someone who makes theirintellectual processes digitally visible and who invites andencourages ongoing criticism of their work and secondary uses of any or all parts of it -- at any stage of its development.” (Burton, G., 2009)
  13. 13. “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” (2010)@simonsinek
  14. 14. changes in media
  15. 15. mobile
  16. 16. Real World
  17. 17. School World
  18. 18. tools
  19. 19. content
  20. 20. “72 hours of video are uploaded every minute.” “Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month.”“Over 800 million unique users visit Youtube every month.” “More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month that the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  21. 21. 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)
  22. 22. “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
  23. 23. Access to the world’s content anywhere, anytime is enough to create significant changes in learning. Engagement, conversation, &transparency around the development & acquisition of knowledge is necessary.
  24. 24. networks
  25. 25. intro to PLNs/PLEs
  26. 26. MYOB Learning
  27. 27. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  28. 28. PLE: Tools, artefacts, processes, andconnections that allow learners to control and manage their learning.PLN: The sum of all human/social capital and connections that result from thedevelopment and facilitation of a personal learning environment.PLEs can be seen as a subset of PLNs.
  29. 29. crowdsourcing
  30. 30. @dlnorman
  31. 31. @giuliaforsythe
  32. 32. @noiseprofessor @noiseprofessor
  33. 33. @noiseprofessor
  34. 34. @timlauer
  35. 35. @guiliaforsythe
  36. 36. Kindness in Networks
  37. 37. God bless you and your familythrough this difficult time.
  38. 38. My best attempt, I onlyremoved the tubing, leftcolors and levels alone. Iam sorry for your loss.
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  41. 41. Fixed thechair
  42. 42. OK black background gone. Sorry it took so long, hadto start over. Thanks again to wahoorob for doing thehard part.
  43. 43. Sorry for the late help. I wentfor simplicity. Enjoy - and Ihope you remember her well.
  44. 44. Crowdsourcing
  45. 45. @shareski
  46. 46. #whynetworksmatter
  47. 47. process
  48. 48. +
  49. 49. @dlnorman
  50. 50. 1. collective intelligence
  51. 51. You are what you eat http://www.flickr.com/photos/brooklyntyger/ My PLN Let’s Me Eat Their Brains @cfanch
  52. 52. The smartest person in the room, is the room. Dave Weinberger @shareski cc licensed flickr photo by torres21: http://flickr.com/photos/torres21/484675706/
  53. 53. @trilia
  54. 54. 2. sociality & support
  55. 55. Why Do Students Go to University? Content Degrees Social Life Support Services (Wiley, 2010)
  56. 56. Why Do Students Go to University? Twitter PLoS GCTWikipedia MCSE Google Scholar ACT OCW Content DegreesFlatworld K arXiv.org CNE CCNA Open Courses Badges Facebook Twitter Twitter Skype Social Life Support Services MySpace Yahoo! Answers MMOGs Quora ChaCha (Wiley, 2010)
  57. 57. @malynmawby
  58. 58. @klhellerman
  59. 59. “... heres the thing: the professional growth couldnthave happened without the personal interaction. It tooktime to build trust and to get to a place where I could be vulnerable. The random photographs, the silly tweets, the heated debates, the commentary on music and sports - these all led naturally to professional growth. I went online hoping to share some ideas. Instead, Ive found a community of teachers who I can share my life with.”
  60. 60. @shareski
  61. 61. @thecleversheep
  62. 62. 3. expanding community
  63. 63. @elenelli
  64. 64. @glassbeed @hdurnin
  65. 65. Networks aren’t about the tools and platforms you use, they will change as our communities grow. They are about connecting with others, developing relationships, supporting and mentoring, sharing, laughing, caring, encouraging and participating. Educators don’t need to feel isolated in their busy workplaces where transientconversations occur on the way to class and professional development is difficult and expensive to organise. Wedon’t need to reinvent the wheel and feel reluctant to ask for help. Our voices can be heard beyond the noisy and sometimes threatening atmosphere of the staff room. Social networks matter.
  66. 66. networked learning
  67. 67. @jonmott
  68. 68. This is what I know.This what I want to know. Help?
  69. 69. “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.”
  70. 70. Matt KirkNick
  71. 71. the future
  72. 72. “The developed world is in the midst of a paradigm shift both in the ways in which people and institutions are connected. It is a shift from being bound up in homogenous “little boxes” to surfing life through diffuse, variegated@barrywellman social networks.” (2002)
  73. 73. fixed to place fixed to person
  74. 74. “The person hasbecome the portal.” Wellman (2002)
  75. 75. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  76. 76. how are you making learning visible?
  77. 77. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  78. 78. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa