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  1. 1. Socializing Open Learning George Siemens Barcelona November 30, 2009
  2. 2. Tempus vs. Hora
  3. 3. The irrelevance of structured learning <ul><li>As conceived today </li></ul><ul><li>Private Universe </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sensemaking, not learning
  5. 5. What is sensemaking?
  6. 6. What is open learning?
  7. 7. What is social? <ul><li>Not like ether ( Latour ) </li></ul><ul><li>Fluid – forming and reforming </li></ul>
  8. 8. A different way to see the world (& learning)
  9. 9. The primacy of connections
  10. 10. Connections, not networks <ul><li>A network is an expression of connectedness – a pattern </li></ul>
  11. 11. History through the eyes of connectedness <ul><li>Plato – we receive him (almost) whole…we create an object of what was a process </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ To produce means to combine materials forces within our reach…to produce other things…means to combine these materials and forces differently” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Central Nervous System for the Earth
  14. 14. The connections we permit
  15. 15. The connections we control
  16. 16. Research <ul><li>Exploration of validity of connections </li></ul>“ Origination in scientific theorizing…is at bottom a linking ” W. Bryan Arthur
  17. 17. Under what types of conditions does a “course” work well?
  18. 18. More is different
  19. 19. Change does not scale
  20. 20. Structure of the internet is anti-pre-packaging
  21. 21. Curriculum creation and delivery as functions of connections
  22. 22. A course is a terrible sub-assembly unit of information transfer
  23. 23. How do educators control and influence connection forming in learning?
  24. 24. Why open, social learning? <ul><li>Responsive to needs of individual </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive </li></ul><ul><li>Fluid, varied, contextual </li></ul>
  25. 25. Course: connections formed for learners
  26. 26. Distributed cognition <ul><li>Network as cognitive agent </li></ul>
  27. 27. Connection-creation systems in complex, abundant information environments <ul><li>Socially-driven networks </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically-enabled </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (weekly newsletter) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>