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<ul><li> 1. Technology enabled learning communities<br />Paul Treadwell<br />October 7, 2011<br /></li> <li> 2. Defining our terms<br />Technology enabled<br />Employs technology to facilitate social learning<br />Is a group/collaborative tool<br />Potentially exclusionary<br />Learning community<br />Social space created with shared intent to learn<br />Sponsored<br />Self forming<br /></li> <li> 3. Boundaries of learning<br />Learning<br />acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences. may involve synthesizing different types of information<br />Social learning<br />social learning may be defined as a change in understanding that goes beyond the individual to become situated within wider social units or communities of practice through social interactions between actors within social networks. (Reed, et al. 2010)<br /></li> <li> 4. Varieties of community<br />Physical<br />Town/city/village<br />Workplace<br />Etc.<br />Virtual<br />Social media<br />Structured distance learning<br />Hybrid<br />Combines elements of physical and virtual to amplify inputs and impacts. <br />The global/local connection<br /></li> <li> 5. Aspects of community<br />Boundaries<br />Defines the commonality<br />Distinguishes from others<br />May exclude<br />Norms and habits<br />Tolerance (?)<br />Reciprocity<br />Trust<br />Network / social system<br />Duration<br /></li> <li> 6. Learning<br />Sponsored<br />Schools, universities<br />Trade unions, associations<br />More vertical<br />Self forming<br />Interest groups<br />More horizontal<br /></li> <li> 7. Information or learning<br />Anyone (with access) can just google it<br />Technology cannot magically transmute information into learning<br />Interaction transmutes info to learning<br /></li> <li> 8. Examples/case studies<br />Forest Connect<br />OLPC-Uruguay<br />HWWFF<br />TecNica Learning exchange<br />Ithaca-Afghanistan<br /></li> <li> 9. Supporting and growing existing learning communities<br />Technology can capture, archive and re-use learning moments<br />Ability to connect , or enter into, dialog, that has history and trajectory<br />Increase in type and number of platform options distributes accessibility more broadly.<br /></li> <li> 10. ForestConnect<br />Uses Adobe Connect<br />Expand on previous communication and education systems <br />provide real time interaction and learning with participants and instructors<br /></li> <li> 11. OLPC - Uruguay<br />One laptop per child<br />Used in schools and at home<br />Laptops have integrated social aspects that allow peer connections.<br /></li> <li> 12. Facilitating new learning communities<br />Bridging distance, crossing borders<br />Opening new pathways for connection and content<br />Connecting the real and the virtual<br /></li> <li> 13. HWWFF<br />The How, When and why of Forest Farming<br />Tied to physical locations<br />Emerging field of knowledge<br /></li> <li> 14. TecNica Learning Exchange<br />Cross cultural learning<br />Engages technology as tool and medium<br />Sustains connections<br /></li> <li> 15. Ithaca-Afghanistan<br />Videoconferencing connecting extension faculty to nomadic farmers.<br />Impossible to imagine 15 years ago<br /></li> <li> 16. Its not all wine and roses<br />Its not so simple<br />Educational intent and tools selection can have negative impacts<br />New skills are needed to engage technology with fidelity<br /></li> <li> 17. Exclusion<br />Universal access is not a reality<br />Intent and attention have to be paid to who is excluded when we chose to use technology<br />Creativity is essential to developing inclusive, technology enabled, learning communities.<br /></li> <li> 18. The faade of participation<br />Calling something participation does not make it so.<br />The tools and technologies of participatory learning , with technology can replicate and reinforce existing power dynamics<br /></li> <li> 19. New literacies for participation<br />Digital <br />Multicultural<br />Civic<br /></li> <li> 20. Democratic communities, democratic technologies<br />Learning communities should be dialogic spaces,<br />The tools and technologies we choose to use should reflect our values<br />Participatory, democratizing, education needs to be supported by equivalent technologies<br /></li> <li> 21. Expanding learning<br /></li> <li> 22. References<br />Reed, M. S., A. C. Evely, G. Cundill, I. Fazey, J. Glass, A. Laing, J. Newig, B. Parrish, C. Prell, C. Raymond, and L. C. Stringer. 2010. What is social learning? Ecology and Society15(4): r1. [online] URL:<br />Contact<br />Paul Treadwell<br /><br />@ptreadwell<br /><br /></li> </ul>