Finding the sweet spot between web 2 and education Martin Weller
Overview <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>HE </li></ul><ul><li>The sweet spot </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook apps </li></ul><...
Web 2.0 characteristics Technology User generated content Informal learning Democracy Bottom-up Socially oriented Web as p...
Higher education characteristics Controlled technology Us generated content Accredited learning We know best Top down Indi...
Finding the sweet spot Personal Professional Informal Formal Fun Work Content Social This is the future of work/learning/r...
OU Facebook apps Tony Hirst, Liam Green-Hughes, Stuart Brown
 
 
 
 
 
What we learnt <ul><li>About facilitating dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>NOT controlling learner path </li></ul><ul><li>Viral ...
 
SocialLearn: A new OU?
 
What principles should it embody? <ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Disruptive </li></ul><u...
A reversal Student adapts to educational system
System adapts to the learner
Microlearner 2Learner Cloudworks Profile Writes to and imports goals, resources, stream Create goals, tasks Pull in and pu...
 
 
 
What we are learning <ul><li>Existing business models quickly unravel </li></ul><ul><li>Existing boundaries soon blur </li...
Edupunk
What I learnt <ul><li>Prepared to do more when it’s fun </li></ul><ul><li>What you give away is what counts </li></ul><ul>...
Twitter networks
What management can learn <ul><li>Informal groupings based on interest </li></ul><ul><li>Way of fostering belonging </li><...
Conclusions <ul><li>Make learning a gift economy </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the social </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment (and cr...
Links <ul><li>Course Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>http://apps.facebook.com/courseprofiles/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>My OU ...
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In this I argue that there is a 'sweet spot' between web 2.0 and higher education, which combines the best of personal/public, fun/work, institution/individual, etc and that we should work to exploit this.

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  1. 1. Finding the sweet spot between web 2 and education Martin Weller
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>HE </li></ul><ul><li>The sweet spot </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook apps </li></ul><ul><li>SocialLearn </li></ul><ul><li>Edupunk and the gift culture </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter networks </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 characteristics Technology User generated content Informal learning Democracy Bottom-up Socially oriented Web as platform Harness collective intelligence Perpetual beta
  4. 4. Higher education characteristics Controlled technology Us generated content Accredited learning We know best Top down Individual achievement Review before release Filtered intelligence Aim for perfection
  5. 5. Finding the sweet spot Personal Professional Informal Formal Fun Work Content Social This is the future of work/learning/recreation
  6. 6. OU Facebook apps Tony Hirst, Liam Green-Hughes, Stuart Brown
  7. 12. What we learnt <ul><li>About facilitating dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>NOT controlling learner path </li></ul><ul><li>Viral spread </li></ul><ul><li>Support issues </li></ul><ul><li>Official endorsement? </li></ul><ul><li>Letting go of some control </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet spot: study-social, fun-work, institution-individual </li></ul>
  8. 14. SocialLearn: A new OU?
  9. 16. What principles should it embody? <ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Disruptive </li></ul><ul><li>Perpetual beta </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy </li></ul><dnwallace http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnwallace/848001061/>
  10. 17. A reversal Student adapts to educational system
  11. 18. System adapts to the learner
  12. 19. Microlearner 2Learner Cloudworks Profile Writes to and imports goals, resources, stream Create goals, tasks Pull in and publish relevant content Pull in and publish relevant courses/designs Publicise study and learning story Making connections
  13. 23. What we are learning <ul><li>Existing business models quickly unravel </li></ul><ul><li>Existing boundaries soon blur </li></ul><ul><li>Different competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Different audience </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet spot: informal-formal, content-social </li></ul>
  14. 24. Edupunk
  15. 25. What I learnt <ul><li>Prepared to do more when it’s fun </li></ul><ul><li>What you give away is what counts </li></ul><ul><li>EdTech is at a threshold now </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about how we use existing tools, not tools we create </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet spot: Fun-work, learning-creating, legal-illegal? </li></ul>
  16. 26. Twitter networks
  17. 27. What management can learn <ul><li>Informal groupings based on interest </li></ul><ul><li>Way of fostering belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Physical location less relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional boundaries blurred </li></ul><ul><li>How do organisational structures adapt? </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet spot: Personal-Professional, Fun-Work, Informal-Formal </li></ul>
  18. 28. Conclusions <ul><li>Make learning a gift economy </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the social </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment (and create room for this) </li></ul><ul><li>Accept there will be mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Think of technology as the metaphor for understanding new social processes </li></ul>
  19. 29. Links <ul><li>Course Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>http://apps.facebook.com/courseprofiles/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>My OU Story </li></ul><ul><li>http://apps.facebook.com/myoustory/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>Me: Edtechie.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter.com/mweller </li></ul><ul><li>Ouseful.info </li></ul><ul><li>Liams blog- http://www.greenhughes.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Stuart’s blog - http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/SocialCommunications/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>SocialLearn - http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/socialearn/ </li></ul>

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