Learning Communities

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Presentation to ANU's Learning Communities group on the topic of "Creating and Supporting Online and Dispersed Communities", 4 May 2011, Burton & Garran Hall, ANU

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Learning Communities

  1. 1. LEARNING COMMUNITIESOpportunities for network learning and connected knowledge<br />Professor Robert Fitzgerald<br />Inspire Centre for ICT Pedagogy and Practice<br />University of Canberra<br />Creating and Supporting Online and Dispersed Communities, 4 May 2011, Burton & Garran Hall, ANU<br />
  2. 2. Key ideas<br />ICT for … learning; communication; collaboration; development<br />Social learning – supporting different connections between people and knowledge; from user to producer<br />Technology as an “object to think with” (Seymour Papert); an “evocative object” (Sherry Turkle)<br />2<br />
  3. 3. “The learning process is about learning-to-be a practitioner rather than just learning about....”<br />“…we need not simply more information, but people to assimilate, understand, and make sense of it.”<br />“…we must develop not only the technical capability but also the intellectual capacity for transforming tacit pedagogical knowledge into commonly usable and visible knowledge”<br />“We have an opportunity to change the way we create and exchange information, knowledge, and culture [and offer greater] opportunities for cultural self-reflection and human connection.”<br />
  4. 4. Supporting informal learning<br />"The worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard. The worst thing a kid can say about a game is it's too easy." Henry Jenkins<br />BUT<br />“quick, somebody turn something on… I'm starting to think.” Homer Simpson<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Key ideas<br />Learning communities – based on interest where learning is more like a hobby<br />Boundary crossing and expansive learning (Engestrom)<br />Blurring the edges – expert/novice, professional/personal, pro am revolution, fandom, citizen journalism<br />Technology as an amplifier<br />Can we become more human…realer than real (cfBrian Massumi, 1987)<br />5<br />
  6. 6. A design lens for learning communities<br />Focus our attention, not narrow our focus<br />Source: Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A new framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record. 108(6), 1017-1054. <br />6<br />

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