Hot Topics for Design in 2009 - Gaggle Presentation@ANU


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Presentation to the Gaggle Meeting at the Australian National University, 19 May 2009. The Expert panel debate considered "Educational Design in 2009: The Hot Topics" and featured Profesor Yoni Ryan, Allan Herrmann and Dr Robert Fitzgerald.

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Hot Topics for Design in 2009 - Gaggle Presentation@ANU

  1. 1. Educational Design in 2009: The Hot Topics Robert Fitzgerald Faculty of Education University of Canberra Gaggle Meeting @ ANU, 19 May 2009
  2. 2. Talking about a Learning Revolution • Revolution: “… a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving” Source: • “… age of discontinuity we have to be very much aware of how our own lenses create a form of tunnel vision. We must learn new strategies to overcome the tendency to interpret the world with narrowly construed assumptions even if they worked for us in the past” John Seely Brown, Former Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center
  3. 3. Three interesting books “The learning process is “We have an opportunity to “…we must develop not only the about learning-to-be a change the way we create technical capability but also the practitioner rather than just and exchange intellectual capacity for learning about....” information, knowledge, and transforming tacit pedagogical “…we need not simply more culture [and offer greater] knowledge into commonly usable information, but people to opportunities for cultural self- and visible knowledge” assimilate, understand, and reflection and human make sense of it.” connection.”
  4. 4. Presence • Social learning – supporting different connections between people and knowledge (e.g. peer learning) Digital Learning Communities Report - • Propinquity nearness in place; proximity. nearness of relation; kinship. affinity of nature; similarity. nearness in time. Source:
  5. 5. Presence • Presence updaters - Facebook/Twitter/Jaiku • “Sweet to tweetquot; (Financial Times: February 26 2009) ”extends peripheral awareness” - John Seeley Brown Source: • Relationships (Joshua Porter) – Facebook = symmetric (Friend-Not Friend) – Twitter = asymmetric 1. People who follow you, but you don’t follow back 2. People who don’t follow you, but you follow them 3. You both follow each other (Friends!) 4. Neither of you follow each other Source: Joshua Porter,Relationship Symmetry in Social Networks: Why Facebook will go Fully Asymmetric
  6. 6. Rich Design “the most regularly taught topics in one’s subject area,the most useful forms of representation of those ideas, the most powerful analogies, illustrations, examples, explanations,and demonstrations - in a word, the ways of representing and formulating the subject that make it comprehensible toothers” (Shulman, 1986, p. 9). Source:
  7. 7. An educational lens Source: Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A new framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record. 108(6), 1017-1054.
  8. 8. A design lens EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL requirements requirements CONTENT KNOWLEDGE Focus our requirements attention, not narrow our focus
  9. 9. Questions Dr Robert Fitzgerald Associate Dean Research Faculty of Education University of Canberra