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Tomorrow! Conversation with Silvia Baldiris and Jutta Treviranus

For the last week of Learning 3.0 we have a conversation with Silvia Baldiri, who works with the Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco (Colombia) and Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain), and Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto. Click here


Each of the major developments in the internet - from the client-server model to platform-based interoperability to web3-based consensus networks - has been accompanied by a shift in agency. The relative standing of the individual with respect to community, institutions, and governments was shifted, for better or worse.

Each stage in technological development is inspired by social, political and economic aspirations, and understanding the next generation of learning and technology requires understanding the forces that shaped them. So we close our enquiry with a consideration of issues related to power and control, to peace and prosperity, to hopes and dreams.

McLuhan said that technology is a projection of ourselves into the community, so we need to consider how human capacities are advanced and amplified in a distributed and interconnected learning environment. Our senses are amplified by virtual and augmented reality, our cognitive capacities extended by machine vision and artificial intelligence, and our economic and social agency is represented by our bots and agents.

We are the content - the content is us. This includes all aspects of us. How do we ensure that what we project to the world is what we want to project, both as teachers and learners? As content and media become more sophisticated and more autonomous, how do we bind these to our personal cultural and ethical frameworks we want to preserve and protect?

These are tied to four key elements of the new technological framework: security, identity, voice and opportunity. What we learn, and what makes learning successful, depends on why we learn. These in turn are determined by these four elements, and these four elements are in turn the elements that consensus-based decentralized communities are designed to augment.

Learning therefore demands more than just the transmission or creation of knowledge - it requires the development of a capacity to define and instantiate each of these four elements for ourselves. Our tools for learning will need to emphasize and promote individual agency as much as they need to develop the tools and capacities needed to support social, ;political and economic development.

It is difficult to imagine a world in which education is not solely about knowledge and skills. But as we transform our understanding of learners from social and economic units to fully realized developers and sustainers of the community as a whole, it becomes clear that education must focus on the tools and capacities for agency along with the knowledge, culture and skills that sustain them.


The Role Of Community In Learning

Defining community in a learning context I’m a whole week behind everyone else on eLearning 3.0 and frantically playing catch up. So, that means this is probably going to be a short(ish) post. Much of the material for “community” week … Continue reading →

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#El30 Week 8: Creative Experience
x28, EL30 – x28's new Blog, 2018/12/17

In Amy Burwall's conversation with Stephen, she said something that resonated very much with me:
"Creativity is about connecting dots" Continue reading →

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How I Learned At E-Learning 3.0
Roland, Learning with Moocs, 2018/12/17

I made a screencast of what I did during this Mooc. I also posted about my first impressions here and here. In the video I talk about some technologies I used during the course but which were not covered explicitly in the course itself, such as TbeBrain and Diigo.

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#El30: A Communal Experience
Learning Complexity, 2018/12/17

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Meraki/ Μεράκι (E-Learning 3.0)
ioannouolga, connecting data to information to knowledge, 2018/12/17

Oh, I really like this word. Thank you Amy for bringing it up. Meraki is a word that bears different meanings, it needs at least whole phrase to communicate its essence: it could express desire/longing, having fun or on the contrary suffering/feeling pain. The phrase however, is mostly used to describe one’s attentive curation of […]

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Community (E-Learning 3.0)
ioannouolga, connecting data to information to knowledge, 2018/12/17

So, I am doing a bit of catching up as I haven’t been able to follow everything on time. I did try to install the IPFS but never succeeded, so here are some thoughts about community that I’ve been thinking about ever since Prof. Downes involved us in that google doc writing. First of all, […]

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Distributed Consensus
ioannouolga, connecting data to information to knowledge, 2018/12/17

A distributed system is a group of computers working together to achieve a unified goal (with laymen terminology, it is a group of computers working together as to appear as a single computer to the end-user or end-client). Every distributed system has a specific set of characteristics. These include: Concurrency: meaning multiple events occur simultaneously Lack […]

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