Category: change11

Month08 Insights:

  • Sensemaking, wayfinding, networks, and analytics (George Siemens)
  • Scholars’ participation and practices online (George Veletsianos)
  • Digital Identities and Subjectivities (Bonnie Stewart)
  • Change in formal education systems (Terry Anderson)

Month08 Thoughts:

This Month following artifacts illustrate my learning:

Facilitating and organizing ‘The Use of Web Tools in Networked Learning’ on P2PU:  In education the tools we use for learning are many times limited to outdated textbooks, static courses and classrooms available at set times in a specific location.  Our knowledge is merely seen as something we store and evaluate on merits or application in tests.  This course will give you the ability to envision a new future based on the use of Web Tools in a Networked Learning scenario.  You will engage with instructional tools for creating, delivering and managing your learning resources in an innovative way.  The final task will be to create a Screencast Tutorial that demonstrate your skills as a Networked Teacher.  The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation

Staring up next ‘School of Ed’ study group ‘ePortfolios for Teachers’ on P2PU:  Looking at online portfolios for teachers – A group to explore th e use and development of online portfolios as a personal learning tool for teachers. The purpose of this group is to explore the use and development of online portfolios as a personal learning tool for teachers.  Together as a group, we hope to:

  • Discuss the uses of eportfolios as a professional development tool for teachers
  • Look at different tools for assembling an eportfolio 
  • To begin thinking about and/or building your own eportfolio (optional)

 Starting up ‘Syndicated Education in Distribured Learning Environments’ on P2PU:  Become an Advanced Networked Teacher [#ANT12] – In education schools create coherence based on ‘Conceptual Orientation’ (i.e. sense making) illustrating how theories and knowledge are related.  Following the emerging trend of Distributed Learning Environments used in Networked Learning, teachers also need to include ‘Spatial Orientation’ (i.e. way finding) to answer questions like: Where do I find useful Learning Resources (i.e. salience)?  How are these resources interconnected (i.e. pattern recognition)?  What is the underlying message (i.e. trajectory)?

Month08 Questions:

(Under Construction)



Month07 Insights:

  • Understanding Digital Citizenship (Alec Couros)
  • Who needs leadership? Social problems, change and education futures (Marti Cleveland-Innes)
  • Digital support for teaching as a design science (Diana Laurillard) 

Month07 Thoughts:

This Month following artifacts illustrate my learning:

Challenge Creators Badge Awarded to me in ‘How to Make a Challenge’:  Understand the learning theory behind a P2PU Challenge and make your first one…with a little help from your peers!  If you are looking to connect with others interested in teaching similar topics, get feedback on your design and understand the learning theory behind Challenges, then go ahead and start your first task! Requirements:  More than 3 peers – by an average rating higher than 3 – have said that the Challenge you created was fun, the titles were clear and simple and the learning goals easy to understand.

 WikiBuddy in the WikiMaster program on WikiEducator:  A WikiBuddy (Green) has acquired the skills to become an active member of our peer-based, development community. A WikiBuddy pairs with other WikiEducators to provide help and support using our communication tools and educational elements in the wiki. 

Month07 Questions:

(Under Construction)

Month06 Insights:

  • Slow Learning (Geetha Narayanans)
  • Knowledge, Learning and Community: Elements of Effective Learning (Stephen Downes)
  • Myths of Teaching and Learning and Technology (Antonio Vantaggiato)

Month06 Thoughts:

This Month following artifacts illustrate my learning: 

Interviewed in the MOOC blog calander One Change a Day :  “A Blog Project Reflecting Educational Change Around the World. As thousands of people are choosing to learn through massive open online courses in and around the web, this blog will tell a story of how new ways of connecting with each other online are irreversibly changing education.” 

Co-facilitator for week 2 in ‘Empower your own personal learning as an educator’ at P2PU:  Taking control of your personal learning is an important 21st century skill – for students and for educators. In this group, we’ll explore new ways to empower your own professional learning and how to get started.  (This will be followed up by more advanced courses, the topics of which will be developed by this group.)

Month06 Questions:

(Under Construction)

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:

(Under Construction)

Month04 Insights:

  • [How] can [using] the web [intelligently] make us smarter? (Howard Rheingold)
  • The 21st Century University (Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code and Dave Snowden)

Month04 Thoughts:

These fragmented quotes and comments will soon find coherence:

Failure is better than success in learning, it’s easier to remember

There’s too much focus on specialization and a loss of generalists needed for synthesizing diverse knowledge bases in a complex world with high levels of uncertainty.

The problem with the education system is that we’re training recipe book users when we need chefs.

When asked what to do about this practically when the current education system inherently requires pre-defined outcomes thereby eliminating originality, he said:

“deception is the heart of innovation in any system.”

The human brain is a pattern processing intelligence… it has evolved from messy coherence not structured order.

Starvation, pressure, and .perspective shift produce innovation which then produces creativity

If it’s a complex problem, then bring in multiply diverse teams with ritual dissent to produce multiply parallel safe-to-fail experiments.  Managers fail if half of the experiments aren’t failing.

“cynical stories around the water coolers produce the most learning in organizations”

Month04 Questions:

(Under Construction)

Month03 Insights:

  • Soft stuff, hard stuff, and invisible elephants (Jon Dron)
  • Slow learning (Clark Quinn)
  • Authentic learning (Jan Herrington)

Month03 Thoughts:


Month03 Questions:

Month02 Insights

  • Managing technology to transform teaching (Tony Bates)
  • OER for learning (Rory McGreal)
  • Triangulating, weaving and connecting our learning (Nancy White)
  • Rhizomatic Learning – Why do we teach? (Dave Cormier)
  • Learning in times of abundance (Erik Duval)

Month02 Thoughts:

(under construction)

Month02 Questions:

(under construction)

Month01 Insights:

  • Mobile Learning at the Open University of Malaysia (Zoraini Wati Abas)

We have dipped our toes in ‘Mobile Learning’, that allow increased flexibility, ubiquitous connectivity and interactive applications.

  • Digital Scholarship (Martin Weller)

The concept of Digital Scholarship investigates how academic practice will change with new technologies.

Social Media in Research
+Self-Publishing, Open-Access Journals -Need to be Tech-Sawy, Poor Sources, less control
Communities of Practice
+Grannularity, Networks of Peers, Activated Clusters or Nodes -Waste of time, boundaries, informal
Crowd Sourcing
+Distributed model for gathering user input, Repositories -Filtering Abundance, Poor Quality, rapid & complex

Abundance does not apply to all aspects of learning; indeed the opposite may be true, for example, an individual’s attention is not abundant and is time limited. The abundance of content puts increasing pressure on this scarce resource, and so finding effective ways of dealing with this may be the key element in any pedagogy. (Martin Weller in The Digital Scholar)

  • Collective learning (Allison Littlejohn)
(under construction)
  • History and future directions of open education (David Wiley)
(under construction)

Month01 Thoughs:

M-learning is called the next wave of learning and can integrate  factors of persons, places, objects and times.  I tried to summarize how it is used in this mind map:

SpicyNodes: Mobile Learning.

Month01 Questions:

Can I manage all of this at once?

How many input can you handle?

My Digital Environment (#change11)

Initial Insights:
I have changed my digital identity from being an ‘Innovative Teacher’ to also become an ‘Education Coach’.  I’m aiming to share my experience on facilitating teachers open online learning and in my new blog called ‘EduToolkit’.  This will also be the name of a ‘Peer-2-Peer’ course in ‘Teachers Open Online Learning for Professional Development’. I will also ‘Feed Forward’ the knowledge acquired in the webzineEducator Prophet’.

When I get asked to evaluate the learning outcome, two metaphors become useful. Practice will develop strength, similar to muscle growth during training, but before you practice you must know and understand intellectually what has to be done. Our knowledge is often described as complex and emergent and the way forward is to navigate the discourse, similar to riding a wave

Initial Thoughts:
My struggle involves finding the balance between ‘Practice & Reflection’ and ‘Model & Demonstrate’ and my main focus is on how I will become a node that creates learning resources for teacher’s open online learning.  On the personal side I’ve used information technology successfully for a long time and am now facing the challenge to develop ‘Expert Skills’ in Social Media & Open Education.  I have already started to collect some examples of rubrics to measure skills:
1. Rubric for Language Skills
2. Rubric for Martial Arts
The idea is that participants in the P2PU courseEduToolkit’ will receive ‘Badges‘ as recognition for their achievements.

Initial Questions:
How can I ‘Model & Demonstrate’ my ideas of ‘Networked Learning’?
What is ‘Expert Skills’ in Social Media & Open Education?
How do we evaluate learning outcomes?
What value can ‘Badges’ create for teachers professional development?