Posted in Digital Inclusion, tagged #alw12, Access Space, Adult Learners Week, CISCO, Curated Conversation, Digital Day, Digital Inclusion, Education Policy, Ewan Mcintosh, Internet of People, James Wallbank, London Knowledge Lab, LSE, Media Policy, Open Learning, Ronan O’Beirne, Simon Jones, TeachMeet, technologies for humanities, technologies for life, TEL, Unlike Minds, well-being on May 18, 2012|
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Digital Inclusion & Policy
Overview; I previously promised to write a blog post on the practicalities and way forward relating to Digital Inclusion based on upcoming events. The Curated Conversation on Digital Inclusion and, subsequently a workshop on Social Digital Research organised by UK Online Centres and held as part of Dr. Ellen Helsper’s work relating to Media Policy at the LSE. This post will pick up on some of the issues raised partly to promote awareness on Digital Day in Adult Learners Week, partly to highlight issues that a networked digital society might have to address.
At TEL (the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme) we have been experimenting with fresh ways of developing research-driven policy recommendations. We had tried out a series of “curated conversations” on innovation during Autumn 2011 held at the BIS Innovation Space hosted by Annabelle Simmons. They had been on Education Innovation, on Technology Innovation and on Social Innovation for a Network Society. So when Professor Jane Seale organised a research workshop for TEL on Digital Inclusion it seemed logical to hold a curated conversation, which lasts just one hour, at the end of that day.
Curated conversations had three initials inspirations. Firstly they were inspired by the collegiality of the interdisciplinary conversations that characterised the RSA Tavern Room in the eighteenth century and which pre-figured and, in part, shaped the industrial revolution. Secondly Professor Theodore Zeldin has been using a curated conversation over dinner as part of a project to stimulate engagement in deprived communities during the recession. Thirdly, and most importantly, they were inspired by Ewan MacIntosh’s development of TeachMeets five years ago as a form of condensed self-organised professional development for teachers lasting just one hour. Professor Richard Noss of the London Knowledge Lab and I had wanted to create a form of “ResearchMeet” where we could cover a wide range of concepts and discuss them in a very condensed form and produce policy recommendations as a result.
Jane Seale had just published a new pamphlet asking “What next for Digital Inclusion?”, (more…)
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Posted in Learner-Generated Contexts, Open Learning, tagged Boyer, Caroline Haythornthwaite, Clay Shirky, Co-Creating, Connectivism, Conole, dialogic, e-learning, edtech, epistemic cognition, fred garnett, NCCPE, OER, Open Context Model of Learning, Open CourseWare, Open Education Resources, Open Learn, Open Learning, Open Scholarship, Open Student, PAH Continuum, Permanent Beta, PLEs, Sugata Mitra, TeachMeet, Terry Anderson, Thomas Cochrane, Vygotsky on September 11, 2011|
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From Open Scholar to Open Student
This is a blog post version of the paper “Towards a framework for co-creating Open Scholarship” by Fred Garnett, and Nigel Ecclesfield given as a paper at ALT-C 2011 published in the Proceedings and freely available in their open Access repository. The shorter slide presentation is on Slideshare. This post includes the arguments as to how we might develop Boyer’s Model of Scholarship in the digital age towards an open model of learning by developing his arguments about Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching, to include Co-creation. It is a ‘modest proposal’ not the finished article. However it develops our long-term thinking that digital learning is not a subset of old models of learning but a superset of ideas that are capable of transforming our understanding about, and the practice of, learning. (more…)
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Posted in Policy, tagged #BectaX, Becta, BIS, Ewan Mcintosh, FERL, heather brooke, HM Treasury, ILT Champions, Laws, Learner-Generated Contexts, Learning is Delicious, Open Context Model of Learning, secret state, TeachMeet on May 24, 2010|
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XBectaX not #BectaX
Heather Brooke in the Secret State, published in April, flatly states that there is no way that we will invent a “British Google” as the UK Government is far too obsessed with secrecy to allow it to happen. I was part of the team who developed a prototype “Facebook for Learning” for the DfES in 2003, who then paid management consultants £4m to describe it as a “Google for Learning,” which I always assumed was simply out of ignorance about social media. Well it was 2003, and all the expensive management consultants could come up with as a metaphor was Google. So maybe perhaps, yes, that did set off the alarm bells in the Cabinet Office and they closed it down to restrict civil rights, as Heather Brooke suggests. Ignorant Cock-up or knowing Conspiracy? Who knows? (more…)
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