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Becoming a Network Learner

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latest draft of talk I am doing for 3 \'educamps\' in Colombia

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Becoming a Network Learner

  1. 1. Becoming a Network Learner: Towards a Practice of Freedom Scott Leslie, BCcampus December 2008 Colombia
  2. 2. Why I became a Network Learner
  3. 3. I’ve been online a LONG time
  4. 4. I wanted to understand the Present in terms of the Past
  5. 5. But came to accept that the Network changes things
  6. 6. This Change represents both Challenge and Opportunity
  7. 7. Today’s learner can expect to hold at least 10 different jobs in their lifetime
  8. 8. … may have jobs that didn’t exist when they were born
  9. 9. … live in a world where information grows exponentially
  10. 10. But the network means old constraints are lessened
  11. 11. …it enables “groups of affinity” (or networks) to form
  12. 12. …and enables Network Effects & Virtuous Cycles
  13. 13. Social software is helping us connect
  14. 14. … in ways that scale and better cope with complexity
  15. 15. Finally I stopped worrying & started (network) learning
  16. 16. What is a Network Learner?
  17. 17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA
  18. 18. Learning Out in the Open
  19. 19. Authentic / Real World Engagement
  20. 20. Active Production of Learning Content
  21. 21. Truly Lifelong Learning Environment/Network
  22. 22. Learner’s Own Choice of Tools, Connections & Content
  23. 23. And if we want to be able to teach these learners… From http://www.scribd.com/doc/3363/Dissertation-Couros-FINAL-06-WebVersion
  24. 24. Becoming a Network Learner – The PLE
  25. 25. What is a PLE? “… an overall approach or a set of capacities (rather than a single application or technology). Unlike the current LMS-based institution-centric approach which typically require the learner to enter a single 'location' online to take an online course, PLEs are environments focused on giving learners more control over where and how they learn” – Scott Leslie <ul><li>“ Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set their own learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>manage their learning; managing both content and process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals.” – Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Attempts to create a single PLE tool…
  27. 27. …but it is best understood as NOT a monolith
  28. 28. Where did PLEs come from <ul><li>Perceived shortcomings in current (LMS-focused) approach to online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities offered by new breed of socially networked tools (user-centric design and loosely coupled interoperation) </li></ul><ul><li>Increased availability of free, high-quality open educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging understanding of the different opportunities that networks afford lifelong learning and learners </li></ul>
  29. 29. But they also came out of actual practice <ul><li>http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams </li></ul>
  30. 30. From http://tesl-ej.org/ej34/m1.html
  31. 31. From http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2006/10/ple-diagram.html
  32. 32. From http://www.microbiologybytes.com/tutorials/ple/ple5.html
  33. 33. From http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2007/12/my-personal-wor.html
  34. 34. From http://www.flickr.com/photos/92632631@N00/2530138127/
  35. 35. Common Attributes – Syndication, Aggregation, Profiles
  36. 36. But what does MY PLE look like? <ul><li>From a tool perspective it looks similar to many others </li></ul><ul><li>But in how I conceive/depict it, I wanted to reflect PEOPLE in my learning network as well </li></ul><ul><li>I learn with/from different people, often depending on the amount of shared context/trust relationships </li></ul>
  37. 37. ME Friends & Trusted Acquaintances Edubloggersphere / Friends of Friends Circles of Trust Blogosphere / Trustworthy Sources BLOGS SOCIAL BOOKMARKING MICROBLOGS / PRESENCE TOOLS SEARCH SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES WIKIS Read each other faithfully Comment on each others blogs Strong conversational ties Follow each other on twitter In each other’s IM clients Read some but not all Find new folks through trusted ones, comments, links The Web Browser The basis for my ‘ lijit’ searches Technorati / Other Blog-based search My friend’s lijit lenses Good source for Google Coop engines Part of my del.icio.us network Use “for:” links to share with each other Given them access to personal wiki The Almighty Google GReader search Don’t interact with them in this medium Some will use my wiki Will subscribe to each other’s feeds & channels Desktop Browser Email client Personal web server Personalized Toolbars, Extensions Bookmarklets Personal Media Production Tools Web-based Office Suites Wikipedia edutechwiki The serendipity of tags Some will see my links through feed or blog syndication Public social bookmarking effects googlerank, can establish online reputation Referrer logs & the power of positive narcissism The serendipity of tags wikieducator I use and contribute to others’ teachertube Creative commons search engines Flock ‘social’ browser Me.dium extension Trailfire extension OER recommender Create new connections/ build reputation by using external hosting services for rich media PMOG
  38. 38. Blogging
  39. 39. Blogging Strong conversational ties; Read each other faithfully; Comment on each others blogs Read some but not all; Find new folks through trusted ones, comments, links Referrer logs & the power of positive narcissism Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  40. 40. Social Bookmarking
  41. 41. Social Bookmarking Part of my del.icio.us ‘network’; Use “for:” links to share with each other Some will see my links through feed or blog syndication The serendipity of tags Public social bookmarking effects googlerank, can help establish online reputation Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  42. 42. Microblogging & Presence Tools
  43. 43. Microblogging & Presence Tools In each other’s IM clients Follow each other on Twitter Re-tweets, Crowdsourcing Twitter search; #hashtags Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  44. 44. Wiki / Web-based Office Tools
  45. 45. Wiki / Web-based Office Tools Given them access to personal wiki; collaborate on Google docs I use and contribute to others’; they use mine Wikipedia cf. wikieducator, edutech wiki Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  46. 46. Social Media
  47. 47. Social Media Will subscribe to each other’s feeds & channels Create new connections / build reputation by using external hosting services for rich media teachertube The serendipity of tags Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  48. 48. Search
  49. 49. Search The basis for my ‘lijit’ social searches My GReader search My friend’s lijit lenses Good source for Google Coop engines Creative commons search engines The Almighty Google Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  50. 50. The Browser Itself
  51. 51. The Browser Itself Flock ‘social’ browser OER recommender extensions Trailfire extension StumbleUpon Zemanta (semantic recommender) Me.dium extension Friends FOAF & edubloggers General Blogosphere/Trustworthy sources
  52. 52. The Effects and Benefits of Networked Learning
  53. 54. Tags and Surfing
  54. 55. Crowdsourcing and Collective Intelligence
  55. 56. Some CrowdSourcing Anecdotes <ul><li>edtechpost – Arguments for Fully Open? </li></ul><ul><li>edtechpost – Best Loosely Coupled Teaching Examples? </li></ul><ul><li>Abject Learning – A Social Layer for Dspace ? </li></ul><ul><li>D’Arcy Norman – What should I read when I’m offline? </li></ul>
  56. 57. Remix
  57. 58. Anecdote – Matrix of Blog Use in Education
  58. 59. Some Questions to Consider <ul><li>Does this seem plausible to you? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways is it disconnected from your current realities/practice? </li></ul><ul><li>What would your teaching practice look like if it modeled Network Learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Is Network Learning equally relevant to all disciplines? </li></ul><ul><li>How can Network Learning co-exist with our existing institutional structures? </li></ul>
  59. 60. Thanks! And Good Luck!
  60. 61. And please feel free to use this if it helps
  61. 62. Photo Credits (unless noted elsewhere) <ul><li>“ Time For Change ” – David Reece </li></ul><ul><li>“ Should I Stop or Should I Go ” – tatoodejay </li></ul><ul><li>“ Charlie and many hats ” – jazza2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Telephone operators, 1952 ” Seattle Public Archives </li></ul><ul><li>“ NetApp FAS270 ” - mondopiccolo </li></ul><ul><li>“ Time Spiral ” – gadl </li></ul><ul><li>“ Here is a Scale ” – pierpaolop </li></ul><ul><li>“ Doyle Spiral+Inversion ” - fdecomite </li></ul><ul><li>“ Many Hands ” – sad57 </li></ul><ul><li>“ NYC - Queens - LIC: P.S. 1 - Infinite Affinities ” - wallyg </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love Web 2.0 ” - rinneniinikoski </li></ul><ul><li>“ Open ” – slippek </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is for Real ” Mykl Royentine </li></ul><ul><li>“ wiki ” - kbaird </li></ul><ul><li>“ Document vs Web Document ” - Raju Vegesna </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10, “ Serendipity 2.0: Missing Third Places of Learning ,” - Teemu Arina </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wisdom of the Crowd ” – Sandra Kemsley </li></ul>

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