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Designing Learning in the Digital Age - A Discussion


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A small group discussion as part of the ongoing Webheads Learning2gether series.. Accompanying audio at

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Designing Learning in the Digital Age - A Discussion

  1. 1. #DLDA Learning2gether 23/12/12
  2. 2. GLOBAL TRENDS (NMC sponsored retreat on The Future of Education)• Work is increasingly Global and • Ownership (copyright) and privacy Collaborative • Access, and Scale are redefining• People learn anywhere, anytime what we mean by quality (BYOD – bring your own device) and success (MOOCS) • Notion of literacy is being• Mobile redefined (multi- or transliteracy)• Openness — content, resources, • Rise of Informal Learning courses, research, attitudes • New Business Models• The CLOUD
  3. 3. Employability Skills (VET sector)• Communication• Teamwork• Problem Solving• Initiative and Enterprise• Planning and Organising• Self-management• Learning• Technology
  4. 4. Graduate Attributes (Higher Ed)• Creativity• Communication• Teamwork• Leadership• Collaboration• Information Literate• Initiative• Problem solving
  5. 5. 21st Century Skills
  6. 6. 21st Century Skills• Decentralized decision-making, information sharing, teamwork and innovation are key in today’s enterprises• Whether a technician or a professional person, success lies in being able to communicate, share, and use information to solve complex problems, in being able to adapt and innovate in response to new demands and changing circumstances, in being able to marshal and expand the power of technology to create new knowledge and expand human capacity and productivity.
  7. 7. Compare: 21st C Skills Employability Skills (Aust Industry)• Decentralized decision-making • Communication• information sharing• teamwork • Teamwork• Innovation • Problem Solving• Communicate• use information to solve complex • Initiative and Enterprise problems • Planning and Organising• adapt and innovate in response to new demands and changing • Self-management circumstances• marshal and expand the power of • Learning technology • Technology• create new knowledge• expand human capacity
  8. 8. Indicate which of the items below you use in your role as an educator
  9. 9. I would contend that the abundance of content andconnections is as fundamental shift in education asany we are likely to encounter, and there has, todate, been little attempt to really place this at thecentre of a model of teaching. (Martin Weller –referring to A Pedagogy of Abundance)
  10. 10. PEERAGOGY = PARAGOGYStems from a philosophy of abundance (Tim Longhurst) - of content and connections
  11. 11. SUBSCRIBING TO PEOPLE• “People don’t subscribe to magazines anymore. They subscribe to people” (15 yr old)• Subscribe: – RSS feeds (websites, blogs, podcasts) – Following people (Twitter) – Friending people (Facebook)
  12. 12. FILTERING AND CURATION• Clay Shirky: "Its not information overload. Its filter failure.”
  13. 13. DIGITAL CURATION • Curate via feeds, follows, friends, OR • Scoopit!, then • Bookmark (Delicious, Diigo)
  14. 14. NETWORKED LEARNING• Enormously successful model for professional development• BUT, does it translate to the ‘normal’ teaching context?• “...there has, to date, been little attempt to really place this at the centre of a model of teaching.” (Weller)
  15. 15. NETWORKED LEARNING• Assumes everyone in the network takes on role of educator and student• Everyone curates and shares content• Collaborative – Shared activities – Co-creation/curation of content – Peer review/assessment
  16. 16. NETWORKED LEARNING IS IMPORTANT:• Fosters an essential component of digital literacy• it is becoming a lifelong learning skill Courtesy of Ruth Geer
  17. 17. NETWORKED LEARNING IS HARD!• Requires advanced Internet skills• You need to manage multiple accounts• You have to work out who to follow!• Involves sharing and being open with and about what you know (against the culture/values of many)
  18. 18. DOUBTS/SUSPICION• Information generated and curated from networks is not from recognised authority/experts• Not officially sanctioned ie it isn’t in a textbook• It’s INFORMAL
  19. 19. POSITIVE NEGATIVE• Current • Tendency to want to know• Digital literacy/lifelong everything learning • The information flow never• You have a gang (network) stops to help you navigate, curate, • Can be distracting. and create content (Multitasking is inefficient.)• You’re never alone! • Information often comes in byte-sized grabs > lack of discourse of any substance • Everything you do is tracked and monitored (and probably sold to a third party for some commercial advantage.) So you need to be smart AND disciplined >>>>>
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