Sharing on line: iWebinar

I am participating in a webinar this afternoon with Peter Downs and Gene Schembri.

11 July

Peter is facilitating and presenting in the webinar. Gene and I are suggesting three technologies each.

I have written about my three technologies here.

We had a practice of the session yesterday. I was out and about so ended up taking part in the practice from my car parked in Bungendore.

Webinar

I was very impressed by Peter’s use of GoToWebinar operated by Citrix Online. He exemplifies for me two vital characteristics for on line sharing: he drives the community and is a technology steward.

John Smith, Etienne Wenger and Nancy White define stewardship in their discussion of digital habitats:

Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.

I am looking forward to comparing our practice run to the live event. This time I aim to be at the end of a broadband Ethernet connection.

Curate and Share: Three Tools To Consider

Introduction

On 11 July, I am participating in a Webinar facilitated by Peter Downs.

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The Webinar is one of six Webinars coordinated by Peter using the iWebinar platform.

I was delighted to be invited to participate in the Webinar. I will be in great company. Peter Downs and Gene Schembri are the other two panellists.

The trailer for the Webinar is:

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I have been thinking about my three choices and have come up with three recommendations that curate and share.

My two current technologies are Paper.Li and Scoop.It. I have been using both for a while. They gather links for me and then I can chose how to use or share them.

Paper.Li

Paperli

Paper.Li provide a Learn More page if you want to explore its potential as a tool. At the moment I have a Clyde Street online newspaper that aggregates all my Twitter feeds each day.

PL ClydeStreet

Like many applications, Paper.Li uses responsive design to ensure optimal display on any device.

RDPL

Scoop.It

I am using Scoop.It as a curation and sharing tool.

I receive a daily update on topics I have asked Scoop.It to monitor. My lIASIng site looks at high performance sport in New Zealand, Australia, Qatar, United Kingdom and Canada. Whatever I scoop from the feeds I receive, they are posted automatically to my Twitter account.

SIKL

I find this to be an excellent resource. I have chosen only one topic but I can see how valuable it might be for a range of topics.

EverSlide

For my technology to be, I have chosen a presentation tool called EverSlide.

EverSlide

I use EverNote as a way of making and sharing notes. This is an example of one of my Notebooks on Pedagogy.

EverSlide appeared in a TechCrunch note about the NY 2013 Hackathon.

EverSlide is a basic, but potentially very useful, hack built over the weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 hackathon. As you might guess by the name, the service turns your Evernote notes into slideshow presentations. And it’s crazy simple to use, too. The first line of text in your Evernote note becomes the slide’s title, the second line becomes the slide’s content, and to create a second slide, you just insert a horizontal line from Evernote’s editing menu at the top. Then, boom, instant slideshow!

I am keen to share this possibility. It meets one of my prime goals in using digital technology … “capture once use many (infinite) times”.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading through my three ideas for the Webinar.

Mimi Ito has observed that “I think the positive dynamic is that we are seeing production, media production, curation, circulation really becoming something that people do on an everyday basis, it’s not just the domains of experts and professionals. So we’re seeing a broadening of the base of what people think of as their everyday creativity” (my emphasis).

If I have time in the Webinar I am going to recommend a Beth Kantor post from last year, The Unanticipated Benefit of Content Curation and Robin Good’s Mindomo map of curation tools. Beth and Robin are great guides in the scalability of curating and sharing.

 

Edging to Open Learning in Open Spaces

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ballarat to discuss Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. I have been thinking a great deal about learning spaces and the function (rather than the form) of the university of late. In part these thoughts have been stimulated by the University of Canberra’s development of teaching and learning commons.

This week I have been overwhelmed by the number of connections I am finding in relation to open learning and sharing. Some of these connections include:

many universities have an educational technology department that is focused on PD. Research institutes devoted to understanding the intersection of education, technology, systemic reform, and pedagogy are less rare. Several years ago, Phil Long (CEIT) and I discussed the need for a collaborative network of research labs/academies/institutes that were focused on researching learning technologies, not solely on driving institutional adoption. Perhaps it’s time to revisit that idea.

  • Discovering A.K.M. Maksud’s 2006 paper The Nomadic Bede Community And Their Mobile School Program after listening to an interview with Irene Khan. Boat schools bring a different perspective on edgeless learning opportunities and mobile learners. (Sharing this paper with a colleague brought me Simon Shum and Alexandra Okada’s paper Knowledge Cartography for Open Sensemaking Communities (2008) from the Journal of Interactive Media in Education and from another colleague Kenn Fisher’s discussion of Mode 3 Learning: The Campus as Thirdspace.)

  • Finding Cisco’s paper (June 2010) on Hyperconnectivity through a Diigo link. Hyperconnectivity is defined as:

active multitasking on one hand, and passive networking on the other. Passive networking consists largely of background streaming and downloading. Ambient video (nannycams, petcams, home security cams, and other persistent video streams) is an element of passive networking that opens up the possibility for the number of video minutes crossing the network to greatly exceed the number of video minutes actually watched by consumers.

  • In the past year, the Cisco paper notes that:

it has become clear that visual networking applications are often used concurrently with other applications and sometimes even other visual networking applications, as the visual network becomes a persistent backdrop that remains “on” while the user multitasks or is engaged elsewhere. This trend accompanies what is sometimes called the widgetization of Internet and TV, as network traffic expands beyond the borders of the browser window and the confines of the PC.

Traditional approaches to community regeneration which define communities in solely geographic terms have severe limitations. They often failed to deliver on key social capital improvements such as improving trust between residents or fostering a greater sense of belonging.

In this report we argue for a new approach to community regeneration, based on an understanding of the importance of social networks, such an approach has the potential to bring about significant improvements in efforts to combat isolation and to support the development of resilient and empowered communities.

  • Noting in Harold Jarche’s post Innovation through network learning that he now takes for granted his “network learning processes, using social bookmarking; blogging and tweeting, and these habits make collaboration much easier”. He observes that:

However, these habits and practices have taken several years to develop and may not come easily to many workers. One difficult aspect of adopting network learning in an organization is that it’s personal. If not, it doesn’t work. Everybody has to develop their own methods, though there are frameworks and ideas that can help.

All this before I started exploring the treasure trove that arrives in my in box each day from Stephen Downes! Early on in the week I noted Stephen’s comment on Education and the Social Web: “A theory of connections can’t be just about forming connections; it has to be about the organization, shape and design of networks of connection, patterns of connectivity. And to me, this means that we need to design learning systems to meet personal, not political, social or commercial, objectives.” Later in the week in a discussion of two MOOC posts, Stephen suggests that: “It’s about attitude and approach. If you’re looking for someone to tell you how it works, you will find a MOOC confusing and frustrating. But if you take responsibility for your own learning, you will find any connection in a MOOC either an opportunity to teach or an opportunity to learn. No instructions necessary.”

This week has underscored for me the rich possibilities that can occur in shared spaces. My thoughts keep returning to Dharavi and the opportunities for personal wayfinding in shared spaces that afford a collective, connected experience too. I am very hopeful that the University of Canberra’s Commons ideas can stimulate innovative use of place, space and time and lead to an exciting edgy practice.

Photo Credits

Kaptai Lake

Hole in Wall

Moodle on the Move

Postscript

A day after posting this I received a link to a delightful flash mob video. I wondered if open learning spaces might stimulate this kind of event.

Other Links

2nd Annual Learning Commons Development and Design Forum, 30-31 March 2011, Brisbane.

  • Learning Commons strategy and organisational structures
  • Planning and design
  • Case studies and best practices
  • Digital information and technologies
  • Online resources