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Analyzing the obvious: Technological and social connections  George Siemens November 6, 2008 Learning Technologies 2008
<ul><li>“ Schools we have today were designed around commonsense  assumptions  that had  never  been scientifically  teste...
The  primacy  of the connection
Symmetry
What is  knowledge ?
What is  learning ?
In what way is learning networked?
<ul><li>Neural, </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual, </li></ul><ul><li>Social/external  </li></ul>
What is understanding?
Connections  are to  learning  as atoms are to the physical world
Huh?
To understand how/why connections form...
And the patterns they exhibit...
Is to understanding learning
Learning opportunities are determined by how we  interact  with  knowledge  and  others
What happens when the  tools of control  shift from educator to learner?
Technology as mediative and enabling
Our views of knowledge and learning dictate the shape of our institutions
What is a learning network?
What characteristics do they exhibit?
How do they differ from social networks?
Intentionality and focus
How do we foster deep understanding through networks?
Sustained  participation  in varying contexts Klein,  Sources of Power
Our language for network learning is  non-existent
Sociologists/mathematicians have theirs <ul><li>Weak ties </li></ul><ul><li>Strong ties </li></ul><ul><li>Power laws </li>...
We need language to describe  learning as connectedness <ul><li>Quality of connection </li></ul><ul><li>Connection attribu...
Enormous research potential
Sensemaking
Wayfinding Darken
Are our institutions of learning designed to interact with information this way?
Effective implementation
Openness
Learner control
Belonging & Trust
Culture of sharing
Ecology
Websites and Newsletters <ul><li>www.elearnspace.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.knowingknowledge.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.conn...
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Learning Technologies2008 Mooloolaba

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  • OK so it turns out to be not so bad!
    Great little ning site for streamable videos from the #el08 event: http://lt2008.ning.com/video

    From which I was able to hack out the .mp3 for your downloading pleasure:

    http://media.mikeseyfang.com/lt08gsiemens.mp3

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  • Excellent resource - there is a good quality video of this talk on myspace but myspacetv sucks so bad I refuse to link to it!!

    If whoever uploaded it can please, share via a cool site like blip.tv or better still just share an .mp3 of the audio to go with these downloadable, embeddable, watchable slides that would be great.

    Sorry to be grumpy but myspacetv just chewed up an entire months bandwidth by re-downloading teh entire video every time I tried to leave a comment, tag or rate it. Not a download button in sight (of course mr murdoch needs his ad revenue)

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Learning Technologies2008 Mooloolaba

  1. 1. Analyzing the obvious: Technological and social connections George Siemens November 6, 2008 Learning Technologies 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Schools we have today were designed around commonsense assumptions that had never been scientifically tested ” </li></ul><ul><li>R. Keith Sawyer </li></ul>
  3. 3. The primacy of the connection
  4. 4. Symmetry
  5. 5. What is knowledge ?
  6. 6. What is learning ?
  7. 7. In what way is learning networked?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Neural, </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual, </li></ul><ul><li>Social/external </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is understanding?
  10. 10. Connections are to learning as atoms are to the physical world
  11. 11. Huh?
  12. 12. To understand how/why connections form...
  13. 13. And the patterns they exhibit...
  14. 14. Is to understanding learning
  15. 15. Learning opportunities are determined by how we interact with knowledge and others
  16. 16. What happens when the tools of control shift from educator to learner?
  17. 17. Technology as mediative and enabling
  18. 18. Our views of knowledge and learning dictate the shape of our institutions
  19. 19. What is a learning network?
  20. 20. What characteristics do they exhibit?
  21. 21. How do they differ from social networks?
  22. 22. Intentionality and focus
  23. 23. How do we foster deep understanding through networks?
  24. 24. Sustained participation in varying contexts Klein, Sources of Power
  25. 25. Our language for network learning is non-existent
  26. 26. Sociologists/mathematicians have theirs <ul><li>Weak ties </li></ul><ul><li>Strong ties </li></ul><ul><li>Power laws </li></ul><ul><li>Cohesion </li></ul><ul><li>Density </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees of separation </li></ul><ul><li>Cascades </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  27. 27. We need language to describe learning as connectedness <ul><li>Quality of connection </li></ul><ul><li>Connection attributes in relation to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise vs. Novice </li></ul><ul><li>Social connections in support of learning </li></ul>
  28. 28. Enormous research potential
  29. 29. Sensemaking
  30. 30. Wayfinding Darken
  31. 31. Are our institutions of learning designed to interact with information this way?
  32. 32. Effective implementation
  33. 33. Openness
  34. 34. Learner control
  35. 35. Belonging & Trust
  36. 36. Culture of sharing
  37. 37. Ecology
  38. 38. 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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