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Learning in Networks of Knowledge


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Staff seminar discussing search and social media needs of new and developing information professionals.

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Learning in Networks of Knowledge

  1. Learning in Networks of Knowledge Judy O’Connell State Library of NSW April 18, 2013
  2. Today’s novelty is tomorrow’s normMake a wish!
  3. Price of 1 gigabyte of storage1981 $300K 1997 $1001987 $50K 2000 $101990 $10K 2004 $11994 $1K 2012 $0.10
  4. Technology is almost everywhere!
  5. We live in a connectedworld. Nearly twobillion people connectto the internet, shareinformation andcommunicate overblogs, Wikis, socialnetworks and a host ofother media.
  6. Anything imaginable iscapable of beingconnected to thenetwork, becomeintelligent offeringalmost endlesspossibilities.
  7. We already haveinternet devicesattached to our ears,and some even haveembedded devicesconnected to theirdoctors.
  8. “Internet of Things” 2020fifty billion devices connected to theinternet.people and objects able toconnect to the Internet at anytimefrom anywhere.
  9. Ubiquitous connectivityFlattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Leonard John Matthews:
  10. Ubiquitous connectivityMore content and streams ofdata - all of these changes intoonline environments require anequivalent shift in ourunderstandings of online needsand capabilities.
  11. The question is.....?
  12. How does technology impact the way students need to learn? cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by fatboyke (Luc):
  13. Interfaces for discoveryWhat do we expect oftechnology?How can we create betterexperiences?
  14. More content, streams of data,topic structures, (theoretically)better quality - all of these inonline environmentsrequire an equivalent shift inour online capabilities.
  15. How do we help them.....? 1. Find the right thing 2. Get the best summary 3. Go broader and deeper
  16. Steve G. Steinberg Febuary 1997LIFESTREAMSToday, our view of cyberspace is shaped by a 20-year-old metaphor in which files are documents,documents are organized into folders, and all arelittered around the flatland known as the desktop.Lifestreams takes a completely different approach:instead of organizing by space, it organizes bytime. It is a diary rather than a desktop.
  17. David Gelernter February 2013The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It
  18. David Gelernter February 2013This LIFESTREAM — aheterogeneous, content-searchable,real-time messaging stream — arrivedin the form of blog posts and RSSfeeds, Twitter and other chatstreams,and Facebook walls and timelines.
  19. David Gelernter February 2013Today, the most important function ofthe internet is to deliver the latestinformation, to tell us what’s happeningright now. Whether tweet or timeline,all are time-ordered streams designedto tell you what’s new.
  20. The answer is....We must be
  21. We must understand our information and knowledge environments
  22. A BIG information world
  23. Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less •Cloud Computing •Mobile Learning Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years •Learning Analytics •Open Content Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years •3D Printing •Virtual and Remote LaboratoriesHorizon Report 2013
  24. So many examples of big data pools
  26. Google has been ahead of public health authorities inmonitoring flu outbreaks by compiling public searches forflu-related information by geography. 
  27. Infographics
  28. Google Crisis maps provides comprehensive informationwith a range of information filters and image resources.
  29. It’s not about devices, it’s about organising and thinking with technology!
  30. New literacies cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by zinjixmaggir:
  31. Takes effort!InformationSearch strategiesSocial strategiesParticipatory cultureCuration cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Pink Sherbet Photography:
  32. The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) Project, a two-year study of the student research process involving five US universities, included extensive interviews with students, librarians and other academics in an effort to better understand 21st century student research licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Stuck in Customs:
  33. “The students surveyed often lookedin journals or databases unsuited totheir field of study and displayed apoor understanding of how to refinesearch results”. “While the interface of Google and other similar search engines might be more intuitive, what’s going on behind the scenes isn’t intuitive at all, and very few students had a clear conception of how search engines work. This lack of understanding compounds the problem of building an effective search strategy.”
  34. What’s the story with the yellow blotch? SearchReSearch blog
  35. Search can be fast without necessarily being licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by Έλενα Λαγαρία:
  36. When a technology focus subverts students’ conversation and development of critical thinking skills (and their ability to evaluate and analyse the information at hand), the mental processes that change knowledge from information to concept are not learned.Bomar, S. (2010). A School-Wide Instructional Framework for Evaluating Sources. Knowledge Quest, 38(3), 72-75.
  37. By demonstrating how to connect adatabase information repository (suchas EBSCO, Gale, or JStor) or a locallibrary service with Google Scholar, weare helping students broaden thescope of their information seeking,while at the same time refining thequality of the information response. Database tutorials Advanced search training
  38. RSS topic and journal alerts
  39. Learn about the latest additions to search so as to get the most out of Google. Because Google is where everyone starts!
  40. Once foundationalpractices are in place,add to the toolkit and build into criticallearning experiences.
  41. Google alerts too! index.html
  43. Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computationalknowledge engine that generates answers toquestions in real time by doing computations on itsown vast internal knowledge base.
  44. Information retrieval and natural language processing
  45. Highly flexible search andcollection strategiesCollaborative forms ofinformation organizationand dissemination
  46. Referencing and citationpracticesOpen Source; creativecommons; images andattribution etc Zotero
  47. Top 100 tools for learning licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by ecstaticist:
  48. Learn to work strategically Knowledge 2.0 licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by ecstaticist:
  49. The future of search made simple
  50. Searcher Behaviour - new study highlights that:•40% of searching activity is shopping•65% dont click on ads (or say they dont)•50%ads from regular searchdifferentiate the who click on ads cant resultsSearch Engine Showdown
  51. Learning in Networks of Knowledge
  52. Why is this important?
  54. Deciphering student search behaviour OCLC research: learning motivations and information-seeking behaviours across education stagesWhite, D.S., and Connaway, L.S. 2011. Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the DigitalInformation
  55. Deciphering student search behaviourInformation-seeking behaviours are convergingacross personal and institutional spheres, as acombined effect of the social web, cloud-basedapplications and the multi-tab environment.He observes: ‘A lot of the students we intervieweddo their research on Wikipedia or syllabus-basedwebsites and have an adjacent tab open onFacebook. They flit between the two, occupyingpersonal and institutional spaces simultaneously,and gather information from outside the institutionalcontext as well as within it.’
  56. Characteristics of a successful student Create a community Collaborate with peers Diligent with deadlines Look for and leverage tools Tools to optimize learning Critical thinking via knowledge networks
  57. Mind amplifiers?
  58. Periodic Table of QR codes
  59. The Future Isnt About Mobile; Its About Mobility
  60. The Future Isnt About Mobile; Its About Mobility
  62. [learning] self Personal web tools – used for tracking our life and powering our information organisation e.g. photos to Facebook, pictures to Flickr, photos to Twitter.Social recommendation services- Amazon, Book Depository
  63. [learning] self Personal learning environment – relying on the people we connect with through social networks and collaborative tools e.g. Twitter, Yammer. Personal learning network – knowing where or to whom to connect and find professional content.
  64. [learning] self Cloud computing - utilising open access between sources and devices e.g. Edmodo, Evernote, Diigo.Mixed reality – adopting e-devices andaugmented reality e.g. ebooks, QRcodes,Layar browser.Content curation - utilising web services tofilter and disseminate resources, news, andknowledge prompts.
  65. [information] selfMicrobloggingSocial bookmarking and taggingCollaborative writingInformation management - e.g. Zotero, Endnote, EasybibInformation capture on multiple devices - e.g. EvernoteLibrary resources, databases all used for information collection, RSS topic and journal alertsAggregators and start pagesOnline storage for access across multiple platforms
  66. [information] self Evernote Digging into digital research research/ Lucacept – Jenny Luca– Evernote for students
  67. [team] self
  68. Learning inNetworks of [team]Knowledge [social] [learning] [information]
  70. h"p:// Modelling exemplary use of social media, search engines, and collaborative research strategies.
  71. Sharing resourceswith each other
  72. Sharing resources each other
  73. Anything from Angry Birds to Building a PLNSharing resources each other
  74. Topics for discussionSearch strategiesEvaluation strategiesCritical thinking and problem solvingNetworked conversation &collaborationCloud computing environmentsEthical use and production ofinformationInformation curation of personal & distributed knowledge.
  75. Today’s noveltyIS today’s normDon’t wish - DO!
  76. heyjudeonlineJudy O’Connellhttp://judyoconnell.comJudy O’Connell