The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

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Below are four reasons why the Social Web and associated media are changing higher education. Firstly.the Social Web connects people together At Plymouth University, we very quickly began to explore the ways Social Web tools could support our students. Here social media were used to connect people, enabling them to collaborate together in project work, small group learning and online discussions. Digital Learning: Repurposing Education.

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7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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Here''s a few ideas for you to consider: 1) Lecturers can make sure they maintain dialogue with their students through participation in social media sites. 2) One popular social media site - Twitter - is a different proposition entirely. Interactions can be managed around a specific hashtag related to the course, or can be private between the tutor and students using the Direct Message (DM) option. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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The future of learning

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The Future of Learning View more presentations from Steve Wheeler. With the upsurge in ownership of smart mobile devices such as iPhones, Androids and Blackberries, the rapid social penetration of touchscreen computers such as iPads, and an increase in the purchase of Kindles and other e-reader devices, the future of learning is definitely smart mobile. 80 per cent or so of the learning that most of us engage in is of an informal nature.

Punk learning

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Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. For some time, educators have been subverting established methods and turning their backs on institutional tools and technologies such as the managed learning environment (also known as LMS or VLE). Some go as far as to argue that autodidacticism - or self-teaching - is an important part of contemporary learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Learning first, technology second

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Learning should always come before technology. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching. Students don''t like them because they are impersonal, not easy to navigate, and are a pale comparison of their weapons of choice - social networking services such as Facebook.

The personal web

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Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. The authors of the Horizon Report (I cannot recommend the Horizon Report series highly enough) succinctly define the personal web as "a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it".

Opening plenary at Online Educa

Jay Cross

a social revolution. How many like learning? teaching has not changed; learning has changed. From knowledge management to identity management. Identity management. Social wealth. Attention management. Operating system for learning. store and manage files. 03 MLE = managed learning environment, 05 Personal Learning Environment, 08 CWE Collaborative Working Environment. Online Educa 2008.

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Dead personal

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I was also asked why I didn't use the term PLE (Personal Learning Environment). The authors of the 2009 Horizon Report (I cannot recommend this document highly enough) succinctly define the personal web as "a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it". Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Thinking around corners

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I am against the sterile, meaningless Managed Learning Environments (read BlackBoard, SharePoint and yes, even Moodle) that universities and colleges push which are purpose built to maintain strict control. Anything an MLE can do, the social web can do just as well, if not better. Trouble is, the university managers don't know it's dead, but they know it cost a lot of money, so there it remains, quietly rotting away.