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PLN or CoP?

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That''s quite an apt result because Google and many of the other large, supposedly ''free'' social media tools are very much focused on making money to sustain their operations. Nor is it about the morality of social media companies. In the context of this post, PLN stands for Personal Learning Network , and CoP stands for Communities of Practice. A quick search reveals that not a lot has been written about the juxtaposition of the two.

Is all learning social?

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Just about every day I find myself embroiled in a discussions about fundamentals of learning, the nature of knowledge and the processes of education. It comes with the territory of working as an academic in a university, and I expect to do it much of the time. In the post I made the remark that today's learning needs to be personal, social and global, all of which can be mediated through technology. This is known as the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

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Two innovations that have changed learning forever

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On the face of it, this could be quite a difficult question to answer, simply because I have been involved in the study of educational technology since 1976, almost 40 years. During that time I have seen a great number of innovations. The extent of change that has occurred in this period was quite astounding. I witnessed the development of video cassette tapes, CD-ROMs, personal computers in the 70s and 80s but this was just the start.

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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In a recently published article, my colleagues Maged Boulos, Dean Giustini and I write about how learning through social media is transforming medical practices, health care and education. Learning is essentially a social activity, where people scaffold and extend each other’s knowledge gain [ 54 ], but in recent years, new theories have emerged to explain distributed forms of learning that have been made possible through mobile technology and social media.

5 of the best

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I find it useful to look back to see what were the most popular blog posts of the previous year. In retrospect, trends are more observable than they are when you're in the thick of it. My learning definitions series #learningis (13 posts) proved to be popular with a combined hit count of almost 50,000 views. It kicked off after I watched a video of some teachers at Geelong College in Australia, talking about their definitions of learning.

The first technology

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I have been working in the field of learning technologies for almost 40 years. In fact my specialism never ceases to amaze me, because there is always something new to learn, some new technology, app or software tool that is emerging, or some new theory or model that is being proposed. One of the biggest surprises for me has happened in the last decade or so. We are always building on the previous work of others, and we should never forget this.

Seriously.

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I used April Fool''s day to explore many of the issues that confront educational bloggers. Challenging as it may be to sustain writing at a high level of quality (most of us don''t succeed!), the rewards are that your ideas are quickly ''out there'' in public, and can be discussed, built upon, challenged and otherwise explored by your professional peers, your community of practice. It''s not always a bed of roses. Photo by James Clay Seriously.

Learning, making and powerful ideas

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I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. My last post explored Donald Norman''s ideas around perception and the design of every day objects. In this post, the work of Seymour Papert will feature, especially his work on learning through making, also known as constructionism. By contrast, when a child learns to program, the process of learning is transformed.

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Our digital future 4: Pervasive computing

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Participants can join in and leave at any time, as the rolling programme of keynotes, discussions, panels and seminars/workshops plays out in real time on screen. It was a distinct honour to be invited to keynote, and I spoke on one of my favourite (and probably most dangerous) of topics - the future of education. In the 1990s we witnessed the rise of the Internet and the rapid proliferation of web based content.

Stage by stage

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Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I''m providing a brief overview of the theories, and how each can be applied in education. My last post explored the work of Allan Paivio and his theory of dual coding. In this post we examine one of the most influential theories of the 20th Century - the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget.

Learning is changing

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What we learn in formalised settings such as school, college and university is merely the foundation of our knowledge and the rudimentary skill sets that enable us to build our own minds and construct meaning, through individual and social contexts later in life. That has always been the nature of learning. Libraries and 'seats of learning' were traditionally the places to be when formal learning was required. Around this time many new disciplines began to emerge.

Shifting sands

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Although it is very difficult to predict the future, we are aware of the trends and can use these to detect where we may be heading, and that may take us in one or more directions, hence the plurality of ''futures''. Technology is one of the major drivers of change in our society , and it is easy to see where this is being integrated into schools, colleges and universities. Mostly it is integrated into classrooms, but it is largely left out of most curricula.

Mapping mobile learning

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I have previously written on this blog about how mobile technology can give the edge and also about some of the social implications of learning on the move. All we needed was to reach a point in society where a critical mass of users was reached. That occurred in my estimation somewhere around 2010, and growth of ownership has been exponential since. That critical mass of users has driven a number of changes, including innovations in design of hardware and software.

Global digital tribe

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If you are immersed in technology mediated communication, there are no apparent barriers to membership of your community of practice. It is your virtual community. It is tribal because the global online community exhibits many of the characteristics of traditional, territorial tribal practice. Whether or not we realise it, if we regularly use social media, we are members of the world wide digital tribe.

Tracking sentiments

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Along with my fellow passengers I dutifully stood, waiting at the carousel, watching as bags and cases of all sizes, shapes and colours processed slowly by. Decreasing numbers of passenger waited with me as one by one, they spotted their bags, grabbed them and made off to find their transport. She asked for the name of my hotel and told me it would be delivered directly to my room. I stopped short of purchasing an expensive new suit.

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eLearning 101: How to Make an eLearning Course (Updated!)

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We’re here to unlock the language and techniques of online learning for beginners. Since the late ‘90s, SCORM has been the software standard of choice to ensure that any elearning course will play on any learning management system. That brings us to our second piece of key vocabulary: What is a learning management system? Not yet in wide use, it’s still wise to learn about XAPI to make sure you’re ready to stay on top of emerging technology.

eLearning 101: How to Make an eLearning Course (Updated!)

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We’re here to unlock the language and techniques of online learning for beginners. Since the late ‘90s, SCORM has been the software standard of choice to ensure that any elearning course will play on any learning management system. to edit together clips of video and add audio.