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Maarten de Laat: Networked Learning in Open Practices #EDEN15


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Maarten de Laat is Full Professor of Professional Development in Social Networks, Welten Institute, Faculty of Psychology & Education, The Open University of the Netherlands. This presentation was delivered at the #EDEN15 Annual Conference and will be published on EDEN's Youtube channel. Read about EDEN:

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Maarten de Laat: Networked Learning in Open Practices #EDEN15

  1. 1. Networked Learning in Open Practices Maarten de Laat
  2. 2. New Learning
  3. 3. New Learning
  4. 4. New Learning Learning to learn • Dealing with change and uncertainty – There are no ‘true’ answers • Teachers are no longer the main/only source of information – Participate in (professional) communities & networks of practice • Focus on how to handle information, validate & interpret, – Learn to produce, create & innovate • Prepare students for lifelong (professional) learning – combine informal and formal learning. – Help students build professional networks and join communities
  5. 5. Acquisition Transfer Participation Co-creation Becoming Education based – purely formal Learning – formal & informal Networking Communities Self-regulation Courses Training Complex problems Deal with uncertainty Expert driven Pre-planned New Learning
  6. 6. New Teaching PLANET
  7. 7. New Teaching
  8. 8. that sees working, learning and innovating as one and the same – workplace learning that learns continuously informal and formal, embedded in their daily practice that collaborates to innovate with colleagues that is an active networker within and outside the school walls … Involves Being a ‘Learning’ Professional
  9. 9. Organizational Mechanisms Individual collective formal informal control Open organizational structure rules Open communication trust assignments Self-organization Hierarchical structures Horizontal organization autonomy Centralized leadership Shared/distributed leadership isolation integration Top-down decision-making Rigid organizational structure Personal choice commitment
  10. 10. New Ways of Working
  11. 11. Knowledge Practices open closed Human Capital fragmented integrated Pushing the trade-off frontier outwards New Ways of Working isolated Towards Open Practices
  12. 12. Open Practices: HEYY & Seats2Meet
  13. 13. Open Practices: The Crowd
  14. 14. • Networks provide a platform to meet ‘peers’ • Networks combine supply & demand • Networks are interactive and develop over time • Networks are responsive spontaneous and ad hoc • Networks are fluid and live in the moment • Networks cut through hierarchies • Networks are boundless • Networks are open • Networks are self-governed Networked Learning in Open Practices “Papa allows me to network with you.. Interested?”
  15. 15. • Networks are about something • Networks make knowledge flow • Networks share experiences and expertise • Networks provide easy access to a variety of sources • Networks combine explicit with tact knowledge • Networks develop learning friendships and communities Networked Learning in Open Practices
  16. 16. Network Challenges The “dark side” of networking • Networks come and go • Networks are personal • Networks are invisible • Networks are informal “Psst interest in sharing an idea or two?”
  17. 17. Known ‘wicked problems’ • Individual accountability • Centralized management and control • Small networks • Localized • Teachers have a limited free agenda • Other teachers are mostly ‘invisible’ • Closed working environments Networked Learning in Open Practices Knowledge Practices open closed Human Capital fragmented integrated Pushing the trade-off frontier outwards New Ways of Working
  18. 18. - Identify local/regional educational problems - Open collaboration with teachers/schools on real burning issues - Develop/design meaningful solutions that resonate in practice Attitude, Visibility, Value Practice-based Networked Learning Research Create Open Networks of Practice
  19. 19. Attitude Stimulate an open learning culture in the organization Transform traditional leadership & increase informal space Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  20. 20. Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  21. 21. Visibility Make networking visible and transparent Stimulate connectivity and access Provide network support Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  22. 22. Network ability to learn: Visibility Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  23. 23. Value Reward the value that networks create Share their products and stories (Social Networking Site?) Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  24. 24. Network value creation - Help tell and share stories about their value Wenger, Trayner & De Laat, 2011 Practice-based Networked Learning Research
  25. 25. Vertical and horizontal ‘accountability’ CoP Practice-based Networked Learning Research Value Creation
  26. 26. Closure Networked Learning In Open Practices Openness, Transparency, Mobility & Value
  27. 27. Networked Learning in Open Practices CFP 2016 Networked Learning Conference Maarten de Laat