Archive for February, 2012

E-Learning Generations (#CCK12)


The realm of online education have endorsed ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) and there is progress in ‘Open Learning’. Stephen Downes write:

When you learn as a network, you cannot teach one fact after another […] It is the process of pattern recognition that we want to develop, and not the remembering of facts […] These principles are, briefly, autonomy, diversity, openness and interactivity […] Flow is what happens when your content and your data becomes unmanageable. Flow is what happens when all you can do is watch it as it goes by – it is too massive to store, it is too detailed to comprehend. Flow is when we cease to think of things like contents and communications and even people and environments as things and start thinking of them as (for lack of a better word) media – like the water in a river, like the electricity in our pipes, like the air in the sky.

Csikszentmilhalyi’s theory of flow, offers further insights into students’ experiences of learning by tapping into the balance between the challenge inherent in the work they are asked to do in classrooms and their skills to do that work (CEA)

The third’Generation of E-learning is ‘Open Assessment‘ and Mozilla’s Open Badges project will let you gather badges from any site on the Internet, combining them into a story about what you know and what you’ve achieved.

When the first software developer gets a job from Google, with a badge from Mozilla, the flood doors are going to open. (Philipp Schmidt)

This is very exciting for 21st century skills and I can’t keep my fingers off this Badge Revolution’.  In the beginning of this year I facliltated the P2PU course “EduToolkit – Teachers Open Online Learning” and we are now ready to hand out the community badges:

Supporter Contributor Scholar

Month05 Insights:

  • Social Networks, Learning Communities and Web Science (Richard DeMillo, Ashwim Ram, Preetha Ram, and Hua Ali)
  • Educational Technology that Matters to Practitioners: The Promise of Educational Design Research (Tom Reeves)

Month05 Thoughts:

This is from the ‘Mission Statement’ of the NGO eduToolkit:

  • Our aim is to provide a free teacher training, where the desire to learn is fully met by the opportunity to do so.
  • Our idea of ‘Teachers Open Online Learning’ (TOOL) embrace the idea that a Community of Practitioners meet to share experiences and insights via advanced technologies.  This creates new ways to share and remix resources, collaborate with other educators, and help our learners connect with each other.

This Month following artifacts illustrate my learning: 

P2PU Course called eduToolkit:  Our first online course “Teachers Open Online Learning for Professional Development” [ #TOOL12] investigated what new skills and capacities teachers need to develop in ‘Networked Literacy & Fluency’.  We then shared some thoughts on some criteria for badges/certification as a ‘Networked Teacher’.  This was a peer to peer course at P2PU and resulted in our community badges as well as our mission statement.

EduToolkit Hub on WikiEducator:  eduToolkit is a Grassroots Organization promoting Teachers Open Online Learning (TOOL) for Professional Development. We investigate the concept of The Networked Teacher and find out more about Networked Literacy & Fluency in education. The realm of online education has endorsed Open Educational Resources (OER) and there are progress in Open Learning. The third Generation of E-learning is the development of Open Assessment that recognize that accreditation and certification occurs outside formal education. Our current focus is on using Open Badges as the currency to capture and demonstrate learning, skills and reputation within the community. 

In the second online course “The Use of Web Tools in Networked Learning” [#CNT12] (16/4-4/5, 2012) we will show examples from WikiEducator using the eLearning XHTML editor (eXe).  The aim is to support the participants to complete the challenge “Certified Networked Teacher” [CNT] and receive a skill badge that can be use within the open badges framework.

Month05 Questions:

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