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Learning in a Digital World


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A keynote speech for the CILIPS annual conference, held at the Apex Hotel in Dundee, Scotland on 12 June, 2012

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Learning in a Digital World

  1. Learning in a digital world Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth Plymouth University CILIPS 2012 Conference, Dundee: June 12, 2012
  2. Moving away from books?Do you like books or reading?
  3. “Libraries are a bridge between theinformation-rich and the information- poor” – Ian Clarke
  4. ContentServices Spaces Skills
  5. Societal Shift
  6. Societal Shift
  7. Societal Shift
  8. BBC News: 14 March 2012Encyclopaedia Britannica ends its famousprint edition – goes digital
  9. Worldwide ownership of mobile phones5.9 Billion mobile accounts = 87% of population ?
  10. Source: Kelly Hodgkins
  11. So Me use >260 Million >90 Million >4 Billion views/day >60 hours/minute Sources from service providers and also
  12. Mobile game based learning
  13. “We are becoming distributed beings. Mobile makesthe trend more explicit.” - Mark Curtis (2005)
  14. Connection cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010
  15. “Social media is where our students are.” – Klaus Tochtermann Engage with it and you will engage with them.
  16. “..we can drown in our technology.The fog of information can drive out knowledge.” - Daniel J. Boorstin
  17. Personalisingthe experience
  18. Personalisation means ensuring thatindividual differences are acknowledged
  19. We are family
  20. Wii are family!
  21. Personal Learning Environment Steve Wheeler & Manish Malik (2010) Source:
  22. “The average digital birth of childrenhappens at about six months.”
  23. What does this generation think about learning?
  24. Residents or Visitors?
  25. BYOD - Personal technologies
  26. Competition to write the Lord’s Prayer in <160 charactersr pa in evan, respect 2 u, may urain ear as in evan. giv us rneeds, 4giv r sin as we 4giv rnmes. resq us from the evil 1. 4ur always the most xlent dude.yo
  27. ‘Squeeze txt’ and literacy“Mobile phones are forcing learners to become more literate. Without the ability to txt, they cannot fully participate in their own culture of communication” Peter Yeomans (2010)
  29. Learning is changing
  30. ‘New’ learners are...• more self-directed• better equipped to capture information• more reliant on feedback from peers• more inclined to collaborate• more oriented toward being their own “nodes of production”.Education Trends | Featured NewsJohn K. Waters—13 December 2011
  31. Digital literacies • Social networking • Transliteracy • Privacy maintenance • Identity management • Creating content • Organising content • Reusing/repurposing content • Filtering and selecting • Self broadcasting
  32. Skills or Literacies?
  33. Just howreliable is the Internet?
  34. Who can you trust online?
  35. “60% of all Internet pages contain misleading information.” - Thomas EdisonLearners need ‘digital wisdom’
  36. “Lee Harvey and the Wailers”(Lee Harvey did not jam alone)
  37. “Knowledge thatis acquired undercompulsionobtains no holdon the mind.” Plato- Socrates
  38. Wikipedia iscrowdsourcing evaluation
  39. Community as curriculum
  40. Twitter as a library Twitter as a street cornerTwitter as a broadcast channel Twitter as amplification
  41. “I store my knowledge in my friends is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people”. - Karen Stephenson
  43. Going viral?25 million views 46 million views51 million views 447 million views
  44. Content Curation
  45. MIT’s Sixth Sense Wearable AR
  48. "Dinosaurs were highly successful and lasted a long time. They never went away. They became smaller, faster, and more agile, and now we call them birds." ~ Mark Halper
  49. Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth, United Kingdom This work is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: International Licence.