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Keynote: Conole - Predicting the future - fact or fantasy?

7th July, Greenwich, UK

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Gráinne Conole
6 July 2010


The presentation will provide a critical review of new technologies and consider the implications for education. It will consider what new pedagogies for learning are emerging and provide some examples of innovative ways in which technologies are being used to support both teaching and learning. It will draw in particular on three facets of our current work as part of the "Learning in an open world programme i) a recent review of Web 2.0 technologies, ii) a review of Open Educational Resource initiatives and the development of a social networking site for learning and teaching, Cloudworks.


  • Review of the technology landscape
    • Current landmarks
    • Future trajectories
  • Focus on learning
    • Pedagogies of e-learning
    • Case study examples
  • The gap between promise and reality
    • Issues
    • Possible solutions


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Some questions for discussion

  • It is clear that both teachers and learners are going to need new digital literacy skills to in order to make sense of and harness new technologies. How can these best be developed? Is there a danger that there will be a growing divide between the 'tech savy' and the rest of education?
  • What is the future of formal education in a world where content and tools are free?
  • Is our existing understanding of learning theories and pedagogy enough, or are new e-pedagogies emerging?
  • What practical solutions can we use to help 
    • teachers between design and support learning making informed choices about pedagogy and effective use of technology
    • learners to navigate through today's complex technological landscape and to appropriate the tools and resources to create their own effective learning environment?

Gráinne Conole
13:47 on 6 July 2010

Change in draft to final presentation:

  • Differently emphasis between the two so have put both up.
  • Draft contains more on Learning Design representations
  • Final looks more broadly at five different approaches to addressing the gap between the promise of technologies and actual use.

Gráinne Conole
13:30 on 7 July 2010 (Edited 13:32 on 7 July 2010)

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Draft presentation

Draft presentation

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Final presentation on Slideshare

Final presentation on Slideshare

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Gráinne Conole
3:22pm 6 July 2010

I've added a reference to a paper I wrote with Patrick McAndrew and Yannis Dimitriadis, when Yannis was with us last year as a visting Olnet professor. In the work we tried to look at application of some of the learning design work we had done and the work Yannis' team had done on collaborative pedagogical patterns and apply these to shifting the use of OER from use by individuals to use in collaborative settings.

Gráinne Conole
3:15am 7 July 2010

For some reasons slideshare is playing up and won't show the final presentation at the moment in Cloudworks, the direct link does work so have added that too. 

Gráinne Conole
7:56am 8 July 2010

Hi just to add I really enjoyed the conference yesterday, the sessions and the panel discussion at the end. I am looking forward to exploreing busuu!

Karen Leslie
10:15am 8 July 2010

Hi Grainne, just to say i really enjoyed your presentation yesterday...particularly as I spend a lot of time trying to help people cross that gap between promise and reality...!

In reponse to your q above about formal education in a world of unlimited information and free technology.....should formal education be a process that supports and enables learners to follow pathways and find new pathways which help them create their own understanding... ?
Just a thought... Best wishes - Karen

Gráinne Conole
10:39am 8 July 2010

Hi Karen

So glad you enjoyed the presentation! I enjoyed the conference very much and must say getting someone else to do your title is great - might try that again ;-)

Re: the role of formal education - absolutely I think it will be about providing expert guided learning pathways, plus perhaps 'validated/recognise' expert support and of course QA'd accreditation. 


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