•If we move to a learning perspective based on forming networks and collaboration instead of managing information, we get several dichotomies related to the role of the educator. Conversation or Instruction, Influence or Control and Abundance or Scarcity are only some of them that comes to my mind. Terry Anderson describes “Three Generations of Distance Education Pedagogy” with this model:
•We can find an evolving understanding (chronological) over time “More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections so as to be able to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways” (Cronon, 1998, p14). Henry Jenkins (2006) suggests that the necessary new skills go beyond managing information and include forming networks and collaborating (p. 6).
•Clarence Fisher (2007) suggests a model of “teacher as network administrator” where learners encounter new information sources and the educator assist them in forming connections between concepts and trough critical evaluation creating a diversified learning network. Gaps in the learning network are addressed by both learners self-reflection and educators evaluating the quality of the learning network [=external] and how key concepts are related and understood [=conceptual].
•Curtis Bonk (2007) presents the educator as a concierge directing learners to resources or learning opportunities that they may not be aware of – chance to explore and allow teachers to be their tour guides. Shared awareness allows otherwise uncoordinated groups to begin to work together more quickly and more effectively (i.e. forming networks) [Shirky 2008, p.162]
[Source: Learning and Knowing in Networks: Changing roles for Educators and Designers]
•I think Net Pedagogy will be linked to Content Curation, described as the act of finding, grouping, organizing and sharing the best and most relevant resources on a specific issue. I find “The 5 Models Of Content Curation” very interesting:
1. Aggregation is the act of curating the most relevant information about a particular topic into a single location.
2. Distillation is the act of curating information into a more simplistic format where only the most important or relevant ideas are shared.
3. Elevation refers to curation with a mission of identifying a larger trend or insight from smaller posts online
4. Mashups are unique curated perspectives where merging the existing content to create a new point of view.
A Fruit Mashup will have a completely new taste!
5. Chronology is a form of curation that brings together historical information organized based on time to show an evolving understanding of a particular topic.
•Whether we are called “teacher” or “educator” the main purpose remain to facilitate learning, but how does net pedagogy change this role?