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Look Ahead: The Developing Digital Landscape

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Invited presentation at ePortfolios & More: The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape, Dublin, 23rd May, 2018.

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Look Ahead: The Developing Digital Landscape

  1. 1. Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland 23rd May 2018 Look Ahead: The Developing Digital Landscape ePortfolios & More
  2. 2. The light comes through the gaps https://pixabay.com/en/train-tracks-walking-journey-alone-1081672/ @mbrownz
  3. 3. The Rhetoric Reality Gap
  4. 4. State of Art vs. State of Actual Gap
  5. 5. Near vs. Far Gap
  6. 6. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance https://pixabay.com/en/train-tracks-walking-journey-alone-1081672/ Confucius
  7. 7. 1. Past promises 2. Learning futures 3. Finding at the gaps Outline….
  8. 8. “All generalizations are dangerous, even this one” (Alexandre Dumas)
  9. 9. 1. Past promises
  10. 10. “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button” (Uzanne, 1994; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173).
  11. 11. (Uzanne, 1894; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173). “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button”
  12. 12. “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks,” (Thomas Edison, 1922)
  13. 13. “We will undoubtedly have lectures of every conceivable kind presented to us right in our homes, when practical television arrives, possibly a year or two off.” Short Wave Craft, 1935
  14. 14. Project Plato 1960s
  15. 15. Cuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since 1920. New York: Teachers’ College Press. Subsided Enthusiasm Growing Support Bold Predictions Technology Expectation Cycle (1986)
  16. 16. “Technology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle of hype, hope and disappointment” (Gouseti, 2010).
  17. 17. Gartner Hype Cycle
  18. 18. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55).
  19. 19. Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation On Campus out of Class Physical Virtual The new learning ecology… Leakage
  20. 20. 2. Learning futures
  21. 21. 20+ years ago…
  22. 22. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  23. 23. 2018
  24. 24. Knowledge is in the Network Education is NOT a Commodity
  25. 25. “Metacognitive awareness and self-regulatory activity has its root in social interactions with others” Reeve, R. A., & Brown, A. L. (1985). Metacognition reconsidered: Implications for intervention research. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 13 (3), 343-356. (Reeve & Brown, 1985, p.347).
  26. 26. “It is theory that decides what we can observe”
  27. 27. Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES DIGITAL LEARNING • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  28. 28. ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • Personalized learning Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for citizenry • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage • Openness • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES DIGITAL LEARNING
  29. 29. ‘You can’t just take something off the shelf and expect it to work just because it looks good’ (Belshaw, 2017)
  30. 30. Future Takers Future Makers
  31. 31. Bolting or Infusing?
  32. 32. Teachers’ pedagogical mindsets matter most in shaping innovative practices
  33. 33. 3. Finding the gaps
  34. 34. 2018
  35. 35. https://pixabay.com/en/train-tracks-walking-journey-alone-1081672/ How do teachers’ pedagogical beliefs influence practice? How does the institutional (sub) culture influence practice?
  36. 36. Final comment…
  37. 37. ePortfolio should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself”
  38. 38. 2019 Conference Dublin
  39. 39. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you @mbrownz
  40. 40. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon

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