The contemporary Web, the social web, rests on communication, interaction, collaboration in open-ended spaces.Individuals can post content online and they can interact on that content.For instance, TED is a site that hosts videos from orators – ppl can talk about thoseSame with Youtube – last night I read that 35 hours of video are posted on youtube every minute. 35 hours.Or wikipedia – people post content, and others edit… they get into it so much that they engage in edit wars:Image: each color represent a wikipedia and its size over time. This is the case where people change each others edits and you see this zigzag shape.Obviously, we have all heard the dark side of the Internet as well…
Learning in open-ended spaces? How does it happen?
Repurposing technology to fit teaching practice.Repurposing teaching practices to fit technology?Negotiated relationship
Engaging Learning Experiences in Open-Ended Learning Environments
Engaging Learning Experiences in
Open-Ended Learning Environments
Dr. George Veletsianos
University of Texas at Austin
Instructional Technology program
College of Education
2010 Innovations in Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference Keynote
Interaction and collaboration
Diversity (cultural & professional)
Interaction between experts and learners
Creation of digital artifacts
Participation in affinity-based communities
Engaging with a culture that is participatory
1. Online Education.
BUT… I am concerned.
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free pdf download from: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120177
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