Keynote: Conole: Pushing the boundaries into the unknown, trajectories of user behaviour in new frontiers

Keynote presentation, Ascilite Conference, Auckland, 8th December 2009

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Gráinne Conole
2 December 2009

This cloud has been set up as a complement to my keynote on the 8th December. There is a link to my slides and also a paper (be warned it's long!).  I have posed a series of questions to stimulate debate around the issues that will be raised in the keynote. Please feel free to liveblog the session, add relevant links/references and contribute to the debate!

Abstract

In the talk I want to reflect on changing patterns of user behaviour through interaction of new technologies. I will argue that we are seeing a  'co-evolution' of tools and users. I will critique some of the key characteristics of this new behaviour and then turn to consider what are the implications for education. In particular I want to focus on how such evolving practices might be harnessed to address a key paradox within education - namely despite the plethora of new technologies and their potential value within an educational context, they are littel used.... Can our understanding of new. evolving practices help us address this? I will then focus on the work we have been doing on cloudworks and share some of our recent findings on how the site is being used.

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Outlining the content of the keynote. How can we help teachers make better use of technologies.

Going through the broader context. We are on the edge of something quite different.

A changing digital landscape which suggests we might be entering something new.

James Clay
19:56 on 7 December 2009

They're some big paradoxes created by "digital". There are educational dilemmas in relation to the use of digital. Overview of Jenkins 12 skills for participatory culture.

James Clay
19:57 on 7 December 2009

A changing digital landscape: redfining ICT.

Imagine a student or teacher interacting with technology...

James Clay
19:59 on 7 December 2009

Multiple communication channels. e-mail, texting, blogs, wiki, forums, skype, social networking, virtual worlds.

Information is much more complex. Locations and representation: repositories, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, concept maps, data maps, Second Life

Trends emerge....

Shift from content to social mediation

New practices of creation, sharing and dialogue.

Those of use who have been in Twitter, we have found different conventions emerge, @name and #hashtags. Co-evolving the technology as we interact within each other and the tools.

 

James Clay
20:02 on 7 December 2009

Digital connections allow for new types of communities. Tools such as Twitter allow us to connect in new and exciting ways.

James Clay
20:04 on 7 December 2009

Paradoxes created by the digital

As knowledge expands, expertise dies. We use to have experts in particular fields, now everyone is an expert.

Hierarchy and control is lost by  multiple pathways. Gives us opportunities but we have to avoid getting lost.

Increasingly complex digital landscape means we now move beyond "digital space" we need new metaphors. The concepts of time and space are no longer meaningful in the current digital world.

Distributed content, everything is miscellaneous in multiple locations can result in loss of content integrity.

Collective intelligence, Social collective and digital individualism.

Issues relating to free content.

James Clay
20:09 on 7 December 2009

Educational Dilemmas

The current digital space challenges the role of the teacher. But also raises opportunities.

There is need to support learners as they engage with new learner pathways.

Opportunity for educators to support learners moving in the digital space.

The digital divide is increasing; due to widening skills gap.

Distributed content means we need to rethink the design process.

As a learner in the digital space have learnt more as a learner than other ways.

Collective intelligence allows for potential forms of learning.

Free content and tools can result in a lack of uptake.

 

James Clay
20:13 on 7 December 2009

Digtial Literacties

Now outlining Jenkins twelve skills for participatory culture.

How many of these skills do we have?

How many of these skills do our learners have?

James Clay
20:15 on 7 December 2009

Cloudworks Case Study

Outlining principles, methodology used and how data was collected.

James Clay
20:17 on 7 December 2009

Cloudworks Case Study

Outlining principles, methodology used and how data was collected.

James Clay
20:17 on 7 December 2009

Overview of Cloudworks

Showing the interface of the Cloudworks site.

Clouds

Core objects: ideas, design, case studies, tools, resources, questions, problems. Coffee conversations. Water Cooler moments. Sharing practice.

Example http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2430

Cloudscapes

A collection of clouds: conferences, workshops, course team, student cohort, research theme, project.

Example: Ascilite 2009

Activity streams

Dynamic filter of new activity: enable you to see the latest activity on the site. You can filter in rich ways.

Following

James Clay
20:27 on 7 December 2009

Following in cloudworks

You can follow cloudscapes or people. Anything you follow goes into your own activity stream.

James Clay
20:28 on 7 December 2009

Using the site...

Used by people from 143 countries.

All types of educational users are using the site.

James Clay
20:30 on 7 December 2009

Using the site...

Used by people from 143 countries.

All types of educational users are using the site.

James Clay
20:30 on 7 December 2009

Emerging patterns of use

Conferences and workshops

Talking about the VLE is Dead as an example. 

James Clay
20:33 on 7 December 2009

Emerging patterns of use

Conferences and workshops

Talking about the VLE is Dead as an example. 

James Clay
20:34 on 7 December 2009

Site is complementary to other tools and services.

Genuine Buzz about the site increasing.

James Clay
20:38 on 7 December 2009

Five grand challenges....

  • The digital divide between the tech savvy and non-tech savvy is ever increasing. How do we deal with this? How can we bring the majority on board or should we even try?
  • To what extend are we seeing evidence of Jenkin’s twelve digital literacies? How can we help those in education develop these more? How might we facilitate the development of these skills in learners?
  • How can we study these kinds of complex, fast evolving technological systems? What new methodologies might be needed?
  • What theoretical insights should we be drawing on to make sense of the co-evolution of tools and users that we are increasingly seeing?
  • Is there evidence of new pedagogies emerging?

Add your thoughts here...

James Clay
20:39 on 7 December 2009

Are we capable and willing to rise to the challenge.

James Clay
20:41 on 7 December 2009

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Gráinne Conole
8:54pm 7 December 2009


Thanks James! Much appreciated!

Richard Sprod
3:51am 8 December 2009


Great presentation, thanks Grainne.

Gráinne Conole
10:15pm 8 December 2009


Thanks Richard! I enjoyed it! Welcome comments or feedback on the paper!

track tra
10:52am 27 August 2017


Good article 

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