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Harnessing the Power of
  Social Networks in
  Teaching & Learning

         Dr. Alec Couros
  2009 Summer Faculty Institute
  at the University of Delaware
          June 5, 2009
@courosa
Who is this guy?
Open Courses
Knowledge
Knowledge & Computing
Shifts in Edtech
                                           Group growth
   Individual growth




  Objectivism
                       Cognitivism
                                     Constructivism
(Leinonen) (Schwier)                     Social Learning
Key Questions
•   what is k?
•   how is k acquired?
•   how do we know what
    we know?
•   why do we know what
    we know?
•   what do humans know?
•   who controls k?
•   how is k controlled?
Forms of Openness

     open education
                               free software
       open source software
                    open educational resources
   open content
                         open access publication
open access courses           open teaching
                  open accreditation
Influences
Available Tools
open content, access,        Accessible Knowledge
publication, accreditation




                                how we view learning -
                                institutional & informal
Social Reading
Toward Web 3.0
Social Networks
Social Networks
•   redefine communities,
    friends, citizenship,
    identity, presence, privacy,
    publics, geography.
•   enable learning,
    communication, sharing,
    connections, collaboration,
    community.
•   networks formed around
    shared interests & objects.
Human Network
Netbooks - 1:1
Microblogging
Nearly Now
Personal Learning Networks
Daily Connections
My Blog, My Hub
Photo Sharing
Video Sharing
Musical Connections
Spontaneous PD
Social Network Services
Slide Decks
Copyleft
Media Literacy
Media Literacy
• Accessing, analyzing,
  evaluating, and creating
  messages in a variety of
  forms.
• Enable skillful creators,
  consumers, and
  disseminators of media.
• Facilitate an
  understanding of
  strengths, weaknesses,
  and influences of media
  forms.
Each technology
    creates a new
    environment.

 The old environment
 becomes content for
the new environment.

 The effects of media
come from their form
  not their content.
Spread of Media
Viral Videos
Sociality
Disruptive Forms
Surveillance Society
In Practice
Grade One - Expert Visits
Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
Grade Seven/Eight - Classroom Studio
High School Math - Scribe Posts
University History - Twitter
Virtual Office Hours
Mindsets, Skills, Perspectives
lightbulb
                vs.
               ipod


Understanding Media
Impact of Learning Environment
Small Tools, Loosely Joined
Open Invitations
Distributed Conversations
Sharing by Default
Expert Visits
Support




Private    Public

Closed     Open
Professional Learning
New Roles for Educators
Community asIdentities
    Digital Curriculum
Outreach
sustained community             Benefits

            transformative experiences

         gained technical skills

           media literacies

             move toward openness

empathy toward new literacies

                   greater community
“I was able to go out and learn
  throughout the entire week,
   the entire year, and I’m still
    learning with everyone.”



                              “The best part of the course
                               is that it’s not ending. With
                              the connections we’ve built,
                                   it never has to end.”
“The course ... has been the most profound pd experience
    I’ve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my
  practice. I never knew how important social networks
     were. Now, I couldn’t be a teacher without being
 connected. It’s drastically changed my view of education.”
Don’t limit a child to your
own learning, for he was born
  in another time. ~Tagore




      web: couros.ca
     twitter: courosa
      google: couros
 alec.couros@uregina.ca

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