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Identity, Networks, and Connected Learning

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Slides from my keynote presentation at the DesireToLearn Fusion conference in Boston, MA, on July 17, 2013. You can download the .key (Keynote) file at ... feel free to reuse/remix under the CC-NC/ATT/SA license.

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Identity, Networks, and Connected Learning

  1. Identity, Networks, & Connected Learning Dr. Alec Couros Desire2Learn Fusion Boston, Massachusetts July 17, 2013
  2. #d2lfusion
  3. me
  4. The Blur
  5. professional identity
  6. open boundary courses
  7. ~2000 participants from ~70 countries
  8. personal identity
  9. Photo-A-Day Project
  10. change
  11. the way we were ...
  12. Gaming
  13. Mobile Gaming
  14. Multi-Player Gaming
  15. Music Piracy
  16. System Upgrade
  17. Media Personalization
  18. Troubleshooting
  19. Publishing
  20. “The Complete Interactive Multimedia Encyclopedia”
  21. our current context ...
  22. atoms <---> bits scarcity <---> abundance consuming <---> creating standardization <---> personalization individuals <---> networks significant shifts in media
  23. Convergence Ubiquity
  24. i. tools
  25. "To immortalize this moment, the girl seems to forget the original pleasure."
  26. ii. content
  27. Instruction Practice Independent Study Public Performance
  28. George Siemens • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” • Informal Learning
  29. iii. networks
  31. Six Degrees of Separation “the idea that everyone is on average six steps away, by way of introduction, from another person in the world.”
  32. Strength of Weak Ties “There is strength in weak ties. Our acquaintances, not our friends, are potentially our greatest source of new ideas and information.” (paraphrased from Gladwell, 2010)
  33. Where Good Ideas Come From “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.” (Steven Johnson, 2010)
  34. networks provide ... 1. affordances: enable communication, collaboration & cooperation in ways that were once impossible with people who were once unreachable. 2. ideas/inspiration: connect us to new ideas & expand our thinking & potential for innovation. * ‘us’ meaning those who have access.
  35. iv. participatory culture
  36. how do we capture the spirit of open, networked & participatory communities in our learning environments?
  37. Open & Connected Learning
  38. 21st Century Learning Networks
  39. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  40. What’s your background in video editing? I just do it for fun. I’m self-taught. How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. slide by @gcouros
  41. How are you making your learning visible?
  42. How are you contributing to the learning of others?
  43. (Digital) Identity
  45. Private Public Closed Open
  46. (Joichi Ito)
  47. @barrywellman “The developed world is in the midst of a paradigm shift both in the ways in which people and institutions are connected. It is a shift from being bound up in homogenous “little boxes” to surfing life through diffuse, variegated social networks.” (2002)
  48. Making a Difference
  49. “Martha shows every facet of great learning: real world change, making the environment around her better, sharing her thinking with the world, having a conscious for the world beyond her immediate horizons, and robustness in the face of incredible media and social media pressure.” (McIntosh, 2012) original slide by George Couros
  50. conclusion
  51. “Some of the comments onYoutube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.” (Lev Grossman)@leverus
  52. “One of the reasons social media has grown so fast is that it taps into what we, as human beings, naturally love and need and want to do - create, share, connect, relate. (Notter & Grant)
  53. Are we purposefully preparing students for the type of world they currently live in, one that includes the prevalence of open spaces and networked possibilities?
  54. How are you living & learning in our connected reality?
  55. @courosa Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore