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Abel York

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Presentation to ABEL at York University, Aug 18, 2008

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  1. 1. Designing New Learning Landscapes: The role of the learner, the teacher and the system George Siemens ABEL 2008 Toronto, Ontario August 18, 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  4. 5. What kinds of questions were we asking 10 years ago? <ul><li>Is technology effective in classrooms? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the difference between F2F and online learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we teach/facilitate online learning? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Questions we are asking today <ul><li>How do learners make sense in abundant, multi-perspective information climates? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to change our conception of “a course”? </li></ul><ul><li>How should we design learning in a networked world? </li></ul>
  6. 7. What are those kids up to??
  7. 11. <ul><li>ECAR, 2007 Undergraduate Students and IT </li></ul>Preference for IT Use in Courses
  8. 12. <ul><li>ECAR, 2007 Undergraduate Students and IT </li></ul>
  9. 13. <ul><li>ECAR, 2007 Undergraduate Students and IT </li></ul>Most Valuable Benefit from IT in Courses
  10. 14. Technology access …
  11. 15. <ul><li>Oxford Internet Institute: Internet in Britain 2007 </li></ul>
  12. 16. Oxford Internet Institute: Internet in Britain 2007
  13. 17. Changing climate of learning and working
  14. 18. By 2015: 70+% of all new jobs will require PSE <ul><li>Canadian Council for Learning, 2007 </li></ul>
  15. 20. FT Enrolment: Universities <ul><li>2000-2006: 30% increase </li></ul><ul><li>2006-2016: 9-18% projected increase </li></ul><ul><li>AUCC, 2007 </li></ul>
  16. 21. Signal Hill 2007 Post Secondary Fact Book
  17. 22. “ Prototypical US industry in 10 years, if all goes well” National Center on Education and the Economy: Tough Choices or Tough Times
  18. 23. Trends in Online Education <ul><li>Over 2/3 of all HE institutions offer online learning </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 million students taking online course (in fall 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>20%+ percent annual growth rate since 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Online Nation (Allen & Seaman, 2007) </li></ul>
  19. 24. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  20. 25. <ul><li>social, </li></ul><ul><li>flexible, </li></ul><ul><li>situated, </li></ul><ul><li>contextual, </li></ul><ul><li>active, </li></ul><ul><li>doing </li></ul><ul><li>Increased focus on learner </li></ul><ul><li>Shift away from lecture-based </li></ul>
  21. 26. <ul><li>Limitless dimensions of learning </li></ul><ul><li>CCL, 2008 </li></ul>
  22. 27. An approach mismatched to need…
  23. 28. Complicated
  24. 29. To know the right answer
  25. 30. Complex
  26. 31. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  27. 32. Content Creation
  28. 33. Communication
  29. 34. Collaboration
  30. 35. Has the design of our institutions matched the changes in our interactions with information and with each other?
  31. 36. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  32. 37. <ul><li>K-12 public schools are falling short in preparing students for the twin challenges of globalization and technological change </li></ul><ul><li>NY Times, Aug 2008 </li></ul>
  33. 38. Tension points of education <ul><li>Open/Closed </li></ul><ul><li>Amateur/Expert </li></ul><ul><li>Foster/Command </li></ul><ul><li>Network/Hierarchy </li></ul>
  34. 39. What are the change pressures ?
  35. 40. <ul><li>Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>
  36. 41. <ul><li>Systems in change </li></ul><ul><li>Paul A. David </li></ul>
  37. 42. <ul><li>Technology as lever of transformation </li></ul><ul><li>DCSF, UK </li></ul>
  38. 43. The backlash
  39. 44. <ul><li>Cycles and Patterns of Change </li></ul><ul><li>How We Approach Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Technologies, Content Creation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Change: Significant Pressure? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Future Directions </li></ul>
  40. 45. What are the options ?
  41. 46. <ul><li>Bureaucracy </li></ul><ul><li>Re-schooling </li></ul><ul><li>De-schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Melt-down </li></ul><ul><li>OECD, Schooling for tomorrow </li></ul>
  42. 47. <ul><li>“Beyond Current Horizons aims to ensure that the UK education system has identified and prepared for a wide range of potential social, technological and cultural futures.” </li></ul>
  43. 49. <ul><li>Thinwalls: http://thinwalls.edublogs.org/ </li></ul>
  44. 51. What technology negates <ul><li>Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Single-instructor model </li></ul><ul><li>Single-perspective content/idea filtering </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized curriculum </li></ul>
  45. 52. <ul><li>Network administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Curator </li></ul><ul><li>Atelier </li></ul>
  46. 53. Require a model that is <ul><li>Adaptive </li></ul><ul><li>Scales (for content and interaction) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective of all stakeholder needs </li></ul>
  47. 56. <ul><li>Redesign begins (partly) with the physical space </li></ul><ul><li>Oblinger, 2006 </li></ul>
  48. 57. What do we understand about how technology is being used…for learning?
  49. 58. Gaps in understanding <ul><li>COHERE research </li></ul><ul><li>Changing face of education </li></ul>
  50. 59. What about assessing learning?
  51. 60. <ul><li>Peer </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, but what type of model?? </li></ul>
  52. 61. Development of educators
  53. 62. MOOC: Massive Open Online Course <ul><li>Connectivism Online Course </li></ul><ul><li>with Stephen Downes </li></ul><ul><li>http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/connectivism/ </li></ul>
  54. 63. Websites and Newsletters <ul><li>www.elearnspace.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.knowingknowledge.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.connectivism.ca </li></ul><ul><li>http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wordpress/ </li></ul><ul><li>gsiemens AT elearnspace DOT org </li></ul>

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