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Presentation to eLearning Africa. Delivered in Accra, Ghana. May 29, 2008

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    1. 1. A narrative of learning for a world without boundaries eLearning Africa May 29, 2008 George Siemens
    2. 2. Innovation Blended learning Teacher development ICT Mobile learning Development Networking Collaboration Partnership Innovation Resource constraints Diffusion Adoption Learner success OERs Web 2.0 Pedagogy Infrastructure Open source Digitization eLibraries Empowering women ICT in health care Copyright Quality management Policy Inclusivity Research
    3. 5. History of educational technology
    4. 6. Perez, C. 2004 Technological revolution Year Industrial from 1771 Steam/Railways from 1829 Steel/Electricity from 1875 Oil/Automobile/Mass production from 1908 Information/telecommunications from 1971
    5. 7. Looking within <ul><li>Humanity </li></ul>
    6. 8. Increased opportunities
    7. 9. <ul><li>Goals of learners </li></ul><ul><li>Life of learners </li></ul>
    8. 10. Changing societal needs
    9. 11. Not content, but interaction, connections, socialization
    10. 12. Principles of openness <ul><li>To people, to places, to methods, to ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Lord Geoffrey Crowther, 1969 </li></ul>
    11. 13. Looking forward <ul><li>Respect of history </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile technologies </li></ul><ul><li>OERs </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization </li></ul><ul><li>A narrative of inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution (acknowledgement) of tension points </li></ul>
    12. 16. Not knowing in advance <ul><li>Complicated </li></ul><ul><li>vs </li></ul><ul><li>Complex </li></ul>
    13. 17. <ul><li>“ New technologies take hold only in the context of accompanying cultural innovation as their latent possibilities are explored.” </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Karaganis in Structures of Participation in Digital Culture </li></ul>
    14. 18. What is learning in a world without boundaries?
    15. 20. Belonging
    16. 21. A new narrative? <ul><li>On returning… </li></ul><ul><li>On participating… </li></ul>
    17. 22. Participating <ul><li>In content creation </li></ul><ul><li>In learning network formation </li></ul><ul><li>In socialization </li></ul><ul><li>In owning our participation </li></ul>
    18. 24. Taking the “whole view” <ul><li>Learning (cognitive, social, situational, emotive) </li></ul><ul><li>Learner needs, context </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Variability of information quality </li></ul><ul><li>International/global relations/partnerships </li></ul>
    19. 25. STAKEHOLDERS
    20. 26. Achieving “whole view” <ul><li>Build capacity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System (policy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty (skills) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner (skills, access, and opportunity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stakeholders: society, government, employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perils of building a development model too soon, or too rigidly </li></ul>
    21. 27. 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>[email_address] </li></ul>

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