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Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age


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These slides accompany a workshop presented for Colchester Institute, UK, on 22 October, 2010. #CELT2010

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Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age

  1. Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth, UK
  2. Knowledge or wisdom? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 You can easily teach knowledge, but wisdom can only be acquired through experience
  3. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” ~ Sir Tim Berners-Lee ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  4. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” ~ Sir Tim Berners-Lee ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  5. Join all nine dots Using four straight Lines. Do not take Your pen from the Paper and do not Go back over any Lines. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Try solving this problem...
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  7. a man enters a field with an unopened package and dies. Why? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Another problem to solve...
  8. a man enters a field with an unopened package and dies. Why? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  9. What is community? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  10. Community... ...has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. In the digital age, common location is not so important. Digital Tribes
  11. Celebration ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 One tribe or many?
  12. Connection ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  13. Online, En masse ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Communication
  14. The goal of education ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 “The goal of education is to enrich the lives of students while producing articulate, expressive thinkers and lifelong learners that are socially responsible, resilient, and active citizens of the world. Education is about teaching students, not subjects.” – Dave Truss
  15. Formal and Informal learning Formal Learning Informal Learning ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 20% 80% Source: Cofer, D. (2000). Informal Workplace Learning. The new blended learning challenge will be to try to harness the excitement of self organised learning within formal learning contexts
  16. Funnels or Webs? Ivan Illich ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 The ‘walled garden’ of the institutional LMS. Are we in danger of turning the web back into a funnel again?
  17. Human activities are mediated by culturally established instruments such as tools and language. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978) Mind in Society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Social learning
  18. Can we use technology to scaffold learning? Computers have better memories than students. Use them as mind extensions. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Mind Tools
  19. What is the Social Web? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
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  21. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Web 2.0
  22. Social Media gives everyone a voice in the community ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Shy students can contribute
  23. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Learning 2.0 Tools Collaborating Sharing Voting Networking User generated content Architecture of Participation Tagging
  24. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Source: George Siemens Connectivism We live in a techno-social world Learning occurs inside and outside of people – we store our knowledge in computers and in other people – George Siemens
  25. Making connections In connectivism, learning involves creating connections and developing a network. It is a theory for the digital age drawing upon chaos, emergent properties, and self organised learning. (It’s not what you know but who you know) Source: Wikipedia ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2009
  26. Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people. - Karen Stephenson
  27. Web Tools?
  28. My ten top Web 2.0 tools • Blog • Wiki • Podcasting • Slide sharing • Photo sharing • Social Tagging • Video sharing • URL Shortening • Aggregator • Microblog • Blogger; Wordpress • Wetpaint; PBwiki • Audacity; Podbean • Slideshare • Flickr; Picassa • Delicious, Diigo • Youtube; Vimeo •; • iGoogle; Pageflakes • Twitter; Tumblr ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  29. Think... • How can you create social spaces for your own students? • What tools/services could you use? • How would this transform your teaching? • What problems might there be? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  30. Wisdom of Crowds... ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 vs Stupidity of Mobs
  31. Digital cultural capital – membership of ‘the Tribe’ “Where digital communication has fractured the tyranny of distance and computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital”. -Wheeler (2009) ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  32. Social ‘tagging’ ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Using your post-its... ...label 3 or 4 things in the room you consider to be significant
  33. Taxonomies are defined by the community Folksonomies define a community ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  34. = 43 = 43 = 45 ©SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2008 What tools could you use? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  35. Think... • What would you use them for? • How would your learners use them? • What added value would they bring? • What might be the problems? ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  36. All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate. - John Dewey ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  37. Thank you! E: B: T: @timbuckteeth Picture by Helen Keegan ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010