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Cascading Change Symposium 09

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Sebastian Fiedler
6 December 2009

Symposium session at ASCILITE09

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Cascading change symposium – getting beyond centralised technologies #CaCha09

  • There are various viewpoints in the educational technology space. We want to explore tensions.
  • Gradiants: elearning works……elearning doesn’t work
  • Context: Interventions, second order change in HE. Icamp project EU-funded project
  • Wanted to create opportuniies to advanced dispositions – skills knowledge and orientations for succeful action in distributed working

Three areas:

  • Collaborating with others,
  • social networking and
  • self directing intentional learning projects

Negotiating and making decisions on appropriate tools and services for mediating particualr activities is one means of expressing self-direction


  • 3 month masters online course in HE, distrbuted actos, communication and (inter)action technologically mediated with a landscape fo tools and services
  • Shift of control to the studetns
  • Learning contracts as suport instruments
  • ActorsL studens, faciltators, institutional reps and researchers
  • Challenges - interpretation and perception of shift of control and redistrbution of responsibilities

Why do these type of interventions often fail? Bereiter 2002 - Allocated timeframes dont fit, initial implementation may not show success, impact may be further down the line

Gráinne Conole
22:29 on 6 December 2009 (Edited 22:39 on 6 December 2009)

@aneesha interventions into systems of organised complexity can't be modelled into simple cause and effect #cacha09 #ascilite09

Gráinne Conole
22:42 on 6 December 2009


The challenge/context

  • OECD trends – the learning society (rising attainment, increasing resources, inequalities)
  • ICT and the next generation (faster, smaller, cheaper, mobile and widely available)
  • Accountability – data driven, benchmarking, and drilling down. Reliable, comprephesive and valued evidence
  • Beyond technical impact – understanding users and technologies in context

Source: OECD Trends shaping Education 2008 edition

Gráinne Conole
22:45 on 6 December 2009

The importance of big ideas and questions

  • A pedagogy of ideas (Papert)
  • Technology giveth and technology taketh away and not always in equal measure Niel Postman
  • Also the work of John Seely Brown

Gráinne Conole
22:45 on 6 December 2009 (Edited 22:47 on 6 December 2009)

 Lessons learn from some of their projects

Lesson Digital learning communities project

  • Social learning – support different connections between people, tools and knowledge
  • Disaggregate the artifact – look around and within the device
  • Need to develop more transformative understanding of user and technologies in context (presence and place)
  • No one size fits all
  • Network literacies
  • Engage users
  • Need to ensure we don’t crowd out different solutions

Gráinne Conole
22:52 on 6 December 2009

What's different? (with new technologies, are we replicating the hype of previous technologies)

  • The abundance of information, quantity alters the fundamental experience
  • Can we put the genie back in the bottle, the internet is here and here to stay

Gráinne Conole
23:15 on 6 December 2009

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Terje Väljataga
3:26am 6 December 2009

looking forward to be in that symposium

Sebastian Fiedler
4:23am 6 December 2009

so... let's see how quick that cloudwork service is...

Gráinne Conole
7:52pm 6 December 2009

Hi have added this to the conference cloudscape

Gráinne Conole
10:56pm 6 December 2009

George mentioned Distributed Cogntion the edited book by Salomon is one of my favourtie books, includes chapter by Pea and also Perkins and the notion of Person-Plus.

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