Learning and Teaching in Networked Publics


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Keynote presentation from the SVEA Next Generation Learning Conference, Brussels, 23rd Nov 2011

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  • My practice: social technologies with techie/science students – epistemologies, transdisciplinarity, creativity
  • Background the module, evolution since 2006.Short video example of current student sharing this thoughts (not entirely serious) on social media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zgMAHutW0
  • Students had been told about both Nancy Baym and @solobasssteve in class, powerful example seeing the connections being played out online
  • Student requested a session on networks having followed twitter with interest during the preceding week.
  • Slides uploaded to slideshare night before the class - @cogdog saw his mention (he was featured in the slides) and offered to Skype in and talk to the group himself
  • Dialogue is key
  • This year, ‘next generation users’ did seem to be more aware of their right to express their opinion vs. being overly concerned about impression management. Many tensions in this respect.
  • Ex-students who left 2 years ago have carried on blogging and moved into Social Media, now writing targeted posts for current students – these students were motivated by seeing leading industry figures finding/commenting on the class blogs when they took the module in 2009.
  • Tutor and students all filming – none assessed task, just for fun. Level playing field. We don’t know how (if anybody) might have their footage included in the final film.
  • Crowdsourcing lecture notes through live class tweets – resource for a) group, and b) other groups from NZ, DE and ES in the #iCollab11 partnership
  • Weekly topic-related task: Each student asked to find 1 article (e.g. journal paper) and explain why they have chosen it in a blog post – results in a rich, crowdsourced bibliography for each module topic
  • Operating simultaneously as members of YouTube community – benefits (this film had 5000 views and 3 YouTube awards within 1st 24 hours) vs. risks (another film, received brilliantly in class, then received negative YouTube comments when taken out of context of the project)
  • Different cultural practices e.g. quoting sources
  • Also Ruskin – Victorian social critic. We are not machines, we are human. Celebrate imperfections!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyRbTVwVsJ4
  • Video made at end of class session for M-Level Architecture students in New Zealand (part of the #iCollab11 project) to share with Haitians who they will be working with for 4 weeks as part of a building project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni-xNhit1EQ
  • 5 days later
  • Examples of the kinds of questions we need to ask ourselves as pracitioners
  • Emergent practices and pedagogiesOpen educational practices, modeling behavior, leveraging networksBlurring boundaries (roles)Digital ID, digital citizenship, network and media literaciesCultural changes needed (Anne Balsamo)Alternative ways of organizing (e.g. hashtags) and accrediting (badges)Leave space in the course to allow for emergent curricula, serendipity and opportunity – as network involvement increases, so does the likelihood of ad hoc opportunities. Invite suggestions form learners, encourage them to use THEIR networks.These are personal tools, increasingly accessed on personal devices. Be open and encourage learners to bring their ideas/practices/networks on board.LIVING BREATHING ECOSYSTEM 
  • Learning and Teaching in Networked Publics

    1. 1.                           Learning and Teaching in Networked Publics Helen Keegan SVEA Next Generation Learning Conference, Brussels 23.11.12
    2. 2. Context: Web 2.0 and emerging pedagogiesScience, Technology, Media Arts - Interdisciplinarity
    3. 3. Learning and teaching through social mediah#p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zgMAHutW0    MSc Audio Production – Chris
    4. 4.        Public  -­‐  Private   “For   years   now   I’ve   kind   of   hidden   behind   a   The  only  part  of  my  digital  idenLty  that   username,   keeping   my   virtual   life   and   my   analogue   was  a  li#le  daunLng  was  taking  the   one   separate,   so   now   with   this   blog   I’m   beginning   to   personal  side  of  my  online  affairs  and   mix   the   two   and   I   must   admit   it   is   daunLng.   Unlike   mixing  that  with  the  somewhat   with   the   few   other   social   networking   sites   I’m   on,   professional,  educaLonal  side  of  it.  When   where  I  tend  to  sLck  to  my  circle  of  friends  that  I  see   starLng  my  wordpress  blog  I  did  feel  a   on   a   regular   basis   here   I’m   opening   myself   up   to   li#le  exposed,  because  essenLally  I  was   others  who  I  don’t  know.”   starLng  to  blog  and  express  moods  and   feelings  to  people  I  don’t  know,  which  of   course  is  what  I  have  done  for  years  on   “I  should  start  by  saying  I  am  a  very  private  person,   street  teams  and  forums,  but  somehow   and  on  many  occasions  have  been  described  as  being   this  felt  very  different  this  Lme,  and  I   anL-­‐social,   so   this   module   I   have   found   to   be   very   almost  felt  naked  in  a  way,  stripped  of  all   difficult,   it   has   been   very   un-­‐natural   sharing   my   masks  and  plaTorms  to  hide  behind.     thoughts   and   opinions   so   openly   with   the   World     Wide  Web.”   SVEA Next Generation Learning Conference 23.11.12
    5. 5. The Power of the Hashtag #psvtam  #mscsm  This year, compulsory to tweet…
    6. 6. Mixed reactions, emotions NOTE  lack  of  group  hashtags   for  some  ‘publicly  private’   comments  Learning and teaching through social media
    7. 7. Network literacies“Understanding  how  networks  work  is  one  of  the  most  important  literacies  of  the  21st  century.”  Howard  Rheingold,  2010  Science, Technology, Media Arts - Interdisciplinarity
    8. 8. Modelling network and media literacies Using  Instagram   and  Twi#er  to     connect  ‘live’  with   #psvtam  and   #mscsm  students   from  AoIR   Internet  Research   conference     DemonstraLng   network   connecLons;   modeling  behaviours   @solobasssteve  at  #ir12  (@nancybaym  talk)  @nancybaym feat. @solobasssteve at #ir12, 12 Oct 2011
    9. 9. #occupy movement, 15 Oct 2011@bill_world  @courosa  on  instagram  @heloukee  webstagram  h#p://web.stagram.com/n/heloukee    Video  from  #occupySea#le  h#p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6BmyI6cArE     Connecting with my PLN, posting to twitter
    10. 10. Connecting through twitter and instagram  Twi#er  feed  @replies  showing  hashtags  used  by:    #occupymovement  #occupyToronto  #occupySea#le  #Sea#le  #solidarity  PLN and Seattle locals, 15 Oct 2011
    11. 11. Negotiated curriculum, 19 Oct 2011Driven by learner interests
    12. 12. Serendipity, opportunity20 Oct 2011
    13. 13. @cogdog skyping into class from U.S. Storybox     h#p://cogdogblog.com/ storybox/      Telling us about his Storybox project - 21 Oct 2011
    14. 14. #mscsm watching on the small screenFascinated - 21 Oct 2011
    15. 15. Thanks @cogdog!Reactions from students on Twitter - 21 Oct 2011
    16. 16. But what about when things go wrong?Because as well as opportunities, there are risks…
    17. 17. Social networking digital citizenship Don’t  take  it  for  granted  that   adults  who  are  acLve  users  of  social  networking  services  know   how  to  behave  appropriately   online…  Talk openly and honestly about feelings
    18. 18. Freedom of speechRespect, impression management, personal opinion
    19. 19. Blurring boundaries Peer  mentoring/learning   across  levels  and   disciplines,  educaLon       and  industry  Need text here
    20. 20. Blurring boundariesEx-students, industry professionals, tutor-learner roles
    21. 21. We are all learners and producersBBC Britain in a day
    22. 22. Opening  up  the   processes  of  knowledge  creaLon  
    23. 23. Crowdsourcing lecture notes - #iCollab11http://storify.com/heloukee/mscsm-week-6-convergence
    24. 24. Opening up the classroomUndergraduate  student  a#ending    Postgraduate  class  à        Ex-­‐student  a#ending    Postgraduate  class  à        Mobile  learning:  learners    are  mobile     à      UG/PG: ex/current students: on/off campus
    25. 25. Crowdsourced bibliographyA useful exercise in information literacy
    26. 26. Transmedia: students as producersMobile film project across multiple platforms
    27. 27. It’s OK to make mistakes!Mistakes = opportunities for further learning
    28. 28. Don’t  get  hung  up  on  perfecLon  –  enjoy  creaLng! h#p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyRbTVwVsJ4    Making is Connecting (David Gauntlett, 2011)
    29. 29. #mscsm social media tips - #iCollab11 h#p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni-­‐xNhit1EQ    A quick (and rough) video, took 15 minutes to create
    30. 30. Serendipity and opportunityLearner agency
    31. 31. Ethical issuesWhat  (posts)  do  I  share  with  my  network?  What  effect  might  this  have  on  learners?  Educators  ‘perform’  online,  only  sharing  the  good  stuff  –  what  about  when  things  go  wrong?  
    32. 32. To summarise…Leave space in the course to allow for play, emergent curricula,serendipity and opportunityAs network involvement increases,so does the likelihood of ad hocopportunities. Invitesuggestions from learners,encourage them to useTHEIR networksThese are personal tools, increasinglyaccessed on personal devices. Be openand encourage learners to bring theirideas/practices/networks on board!Living, breathing curriculum - LEARNING ECOSYSTEM
    33. 33.                           Learning and Teaching in Networked Publics Helen Keegan … with thanks to the awesome students from #psvtam and #mscsm 2011 SVEA Next Generation Learning Conference, Brussels 23.11.12