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Achieving Agency


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Achieving Agency

  1. 1. Achieving Agency Your Place in the Technology EcosystemTom Haymes, Director of Technology, NWC
  2. 2. Means vs. EndsUnless you are building it, a technology is never an End, it is only ever a Means to an End
  3. 3. What are theEnds of Education?Ends of Education?
  4. 4. Surfing the Wave The world is changing outside of academia.Are we riding the wave or being engulfed by it?
  5. 5. Outsourcing Ourselves Daniel Pink (and many others): Technology and the evolution of work
  6. 6. Daniel Pink’s Three Questions Three QuestionsCan someone overseas do it cheaper?Can a computer do it faster?Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?
  7. 7. How Does this Change Our Jobs? This is not a technology questionIt is a societal (and therefore pedagogical) question
  8. 8. Predictingthe Future The Horizon Report
  9. 9. What is New is Old Perspective is Critical: Don’t look at the technology, look at what the technology is trying to do.
  10. 10. What are theEnds of Education?Ends of Education?
  11. 11. Adaptation3 Approaches to rethinking the Education-Technology nexus in a world of information abundance
  12. 12. Douglas Engelbart I. Augmenting Human Intellect
  13. 13. II. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model
  14. 14. III. A Media & Technology Ecosystem EcosystemJohn Naughton’s definitionof a successful ecosystem:1. It is a System2. It is characterized byDiversity3. It requires Co-evolution4. But there are KeystoneSpecies
  15. 15. A fundamental problem: We tend to view technologies in isolation fromends, the human element, and other technologies.
  16. 16. Five Strategies to Achieve Teaching Agency Teaching Agency The EACOS Model
  17. 17. 1. Understandthe Ends ofwhat you aretrying toaccomplish
  18. 18. 2. Think of technology as anAugmentation of yourteaching
  19. 19. “We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human ‘feel for a situation’ usefully coexist with powerful concepts, streamlined technology andnotation, sophisticated methods, and high-powered electronic aids.” - Douglas Engelbart, 1962
  20. 20. 3. Creatively bridge barriers usingtechnology solutions to approach theproblem from a different perspective
  21. 21. “The new age fairly glitters with opportunity but it is as unkind to the slow of foot as it is to the rigid of mind” - Daniel Pink
  22. 22. Pink’s Six Skills1)Design: Moving beyondfunction to engage thesenses2)Story: Narrative added toproducts and services - notjust argument3)Symphony - Addinginvention and the bigpictureEmpathy - Goingbeyond logic and engagingemotion and intuition5)Play - Bringing humor and light-heartedness to your work6)Meaning - The purpose is the journey, internal motivation
  23. 23. 4. Always be on the lookoutfor technology Opportunities
  24. 24. “The computer is simply an instrument whose music is ideas.” - Alan Kay
  25. 25. 5. Take a Systemic approachto technology
  26. 26. “Intellectual life and cultural development thrive inenvironments which make it easy to abstract, excerpt, borrow, and remix.” - John Naughton
  27. 27. EACOSFocus on EndsUse Technology toAugmentEngage in Creativeproblem-solvingPursue OpportunitiesThink Systemically
  28. 28. Final ThoughtsThe End should always take precedence over the MeansYou cannot stand stillThe outside world should drive your teaching strategies, not technology
  29. 29. What Now?• This presentation is at:• New Media Seminar Resources at:• Contact Me:
  30. 30. Works Cited• Brynjolfsson, Erik; McAfee, Andrew, Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, 2011).• Engelbart, Douglas, “Augmenting Human Intellect” at• Naughton, John, What You Really Need to Know About the Internet (London: Querecus, 2012)• New Media Consortium, The Horizon Report Higher-Ed Edition 2013,• Pink, Daniel, A Whole New Mind(New York: Penguin, 2006)• Puentedura, Ruben, “The SAMR Model: Six Exemplars” at