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Allison Littlejohn: Keynote: the power of the collective

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Giota Alevizou
23 March 2010

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Key question is whether learners will learn in a different way with open resources. This work builds on the positioning of the web and web2.0 by people such as Terry Anderson and Lee Bryant.

She has been leading the synthesis and evaluation strand – looking at how the UKOER programme is changing practice and how that is motivated.

Release by

  • Individuals: motivated by commitment, reputation, reward
  • Tightly knit groups: sharing in group, sharing with many
  • Loosely connected networks (institutions): reputation, ‘advertising’
  • Paradigm shift towards:
  • Collectives
  • The many/multitude.

[References: Anderson and Dron, “How the crowd can teach”, 2009; Sloep and Koper, 2009; Hardt and Negri, 2006; Lave and Wenger. “Crowdsourcing”, “Wikinomics”]

Capetown declaration raises the concept of contributing to the “Collective Knowledge” – through a cycle of consume -> connect -> create -> contribute.

Implies that learners can self-regulate learning [needs forethought, performance and self-reflection and learn through connectivisim (George Siemens) or “charting” where learners map their view of the route to use the collective knowledge.

Scenario: a chemist has to find the constitution of a chemical – problem driven approach. How to tackle this? Through a process of consuming and connecting with resources and people, but also creating and contributing through comments and her actions.

Charting is a dynamic process that means that the learner should reflect on how to reach and regulate goals, altering direction and goals as necessary. Guiding towards resources and peoples based on the action of previous learners.

Allison showed a mock-up of  widgets that help track goals and collaborations that might spin off to expose goals and progress.

Revisiting the questions raised in Malcolm Read’s keynote – to refine them as:

  • Benefits to learning: how to self-regulate?
  • Discovery: how to draw on collective?
  • Needs of sector: what are the new business models?
  • Learn from pilots: how to change behaviour?

Patrick McAndrew
10:59 on 23 March 2010

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Giota Alevizou
8:31am 23 March 2010 (Edited 8:31am 23 March 2010)

Allison leads OER synthesis and evaluation programme (of Jorum)to support:

  • support to individual projects
  • strand evalution frameworks
  • generic evaluation framework


Giota Alevizou
8:34am 23 March 2010

OER emerging business models (motivations)"

  • individuals (esp. those commitment to open accss, reputation, rewards)
  • tightly knit groups (e.s. subject communities)
  • loosely connected networks (reputation building, advertising)

has anybody got to suggest any additional models or more evidence on this?


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