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Web 2.0 Networked Learning Community Launch and Overview
this network now has a new name - 'Connected Learning Community' - and a new, dedicated
Connected Learning Community wikispace
This is the wiki-based presentation for the launch of the
Web 2.0 Networked Learning Community
(tentative title), a project funded by the
2006 E-learning Networks Project
, part of the
Australian Flexible Learning Framework
8pm - 9pm Tuesday 16th May, 2006 (Sydney time)
2006 E-learning Networks Project Elluminate Online Presentation Room
To play back the archived Elluminate session:
Alternatively, you can listen to an
MP3 recording of the session
(13.6 MB, 1hr) and follow along with this wiki. You can also view the
archived text chat
from the Direct Messaging window.
Related Learning Theories
How to Participate
Networked Learning on the Web
Larger pic with names
- CEO Manager Innovation, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
- SEO Learning and Innovation, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
The "Start-up" team:
And of course -
How to Participate in the Network
A Community of Practice (CoP) with the purpose of exploring Web 2.0 technologies in education and related learning theories, such as Connectivism and Networked Learning.
Based on peer-to-peer learning principles, the network will provide an opportunity for members to share skills and knowledge and mentor each other in new tools, practices and concepts.
The network will be built on the open web using Web 2.0 tools, modelling the process of creating networked learning communities based on personalised learning environments, thereby reflecting the underlying philosophy of learner-centred, self-organising, egalitarian networks.
The Web 2.0 Networked Learning Community
has evolved out of the
Online Mentoring Network
The OMN was set-up in 2005 to explore the tools and methods of mentoring and coaching online. It was found that there was a real need to explore emerging technologies in a supportive mentoring environment.
As new theories such as
were explored it become apparent that to fully explore that model the network would have to move from the relatively closed environment of the
onto the open web using loosely-coupled, distributed Web 2.0 tools.
The OMN will continue and be used to introduce and support basic tools, while the new network will be used to explore more advanced tools and concepts.
The initial planning stages of the new network will take place on the OMN EdNA group in the
2006 Network Planning Forum
To explore Web 2.0 tools and their impact on education, teaching and learning. This includes investigating related learning models such as the Connectivism and Networked Learning.
To explore and model the process of creating online networks, learning communities and CoPs using these tools. Specifically the practice of forming Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) centred around Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) built using Web 2.0 tools.
To explore and address the changing role of the teacher from subject matter expert (or “Sage on the Stage”) to facilitator of student-centred, self-directed learning (“Guide on the Side”) and to offer support and mentorship to practitioners transitioning into using emerging tools and the new learning paradigm.
To define and address the various challenges to the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies and related learning models including resistance and objections that come from institutions, teachers, management, IT departments (e.g. Internet safety & child protection, privacy & confidentiality, copyright, libel, accessibility, technology access & the digital divide, standards/assessment/accreditation)
To develop strategies for introducing the tools and new learning models to teachers, educational managers.
Position paper for TAFE NSW Information Technology Directorate to promote the the use of Web 2.0 tools and new learning models and to address issues such as institutional support, IT support, firewall issues, adequate professional development etc.
Learner-centred & self-directed
Inclusive & non-discriminatory
Consultative & collaborative
Collective intelligence/wisdom of crowds
Egalitarian & non-hierarchical
Co-learning & co-mentorship - we are all learners
Spirit of sharing - open content
Transparency and openness
All opinions valued
Mistakes are OK
Spirit of play and fun
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 is a term that means many things to many people. Many even dispute it's validity. Some say it's nothing more than hype.
"A second generation of web-based applications and services that make it easy to create, distribute and share content (often collaboratively), while helping users find and connect with like-minded people and form social networks based on common interests. It is also described as the Read-Write web."
Although often used to describe the technologies involved like blogs, wikis and podcasts, it describes more than this - it also describes a fundamental cutural shift that will have implications for education.
From medium for consumption to platform for creation - the Read-Write web
Web-based services - applications move from the desktop to the web
Platform and device independent - mobile devices
Easy content creation, publishing and distribution
Disintermediation - cutting out the middle man
Decentralisation of power
User-generated content - users provide the data
Users in control of their data
Collaboration - e.g. wikis, Wikipedia
From static to dynamic content
Distribution of services and content (microcontent)
Mashups - combinations of services
Harness collective intelligence/wisdom of the masses
Sharing & gift economy - Creative Commons
For a more detailed explanation of Web 2.0 including an expanded version of these characteristics see:
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 Resources
Wikipedia's entry on Web 2.0
Video at Youtube introducing Web 2.0
- based on the text of the
Wikipedia entry on Web 2.0
. An excellent example of one of the principles of Web 2.0 - rip/mix/feed - in action.
Sacred Cow Dung: All Things Web 2.0 - "THE LIST"
- a massive list of Web 2.0 services.
The Personal(ised) Learning Environment
What is a PLE?
There are two ways the term "PLE" is used:
Software, usually e-portfolio software such as Elgg -
A collection of free, distributed, web-based tools, usually centred around a blog, linked together and aggregating content using RSS feeds, simple scripts or APIs
An alternate, higher-level, definition is provided
"Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to:
set their own learning goals
manage their learning; managing both content and process
communicate with others in the process of learning
and thereby achieve learning goals." (definition by
Mark van Harmelen
, June 2006).
We are using the web-based approach to PLEs, which may look something like this:
(Based on the very famous
image by Scott Wilson
Creating a PLE
Select an 'online presence'
- typically a blog (
Choosing an Online Presence
- blogs, wikis, personal start pages, photo-sharing sites, video-sharing sites, podcasts, moblogs, social bookmarking sites, RSS aggregators, online calendars, frappr maps etc.
using link rolls, blog rolls, embedded scripts - rss feeds, flickr badges, del.icio.us link lists & tag clouds, frappr maps, clustr maps etc.
The best way to get a sense of a PLE is to look at some examples. Check out the content emdedded in the sidebars of the blogs of these edubloggers:
Learner is in control of their content/data
Learner has a sense of authorship & ownership
Learner develops a persistent identity over time
Learner can customise based on individual preferences, learning styles etc.
Personal Learning Networks
A self-selected network of people and resources that support our learning.
The individual learner is at the centre of their learning network(s).
The networks are informal and ad-hoc.
Completely voluntary - the learner can join and leave networks as they choose.
A learner can have multiple overlapping learning networks.
The learner is a part of other people's learning networks.
The network is formed by engaging in conversations and creating connections through linking to other learners and resources, commenting on other people's blogs etc.
Related Learning Theories
Constructivism & Social Constructivism
Constructionism (Seymour Papert)
Connectivism (George Siemens)
Informal, "just in time" & work flow learning
Unschooling, Deschooling & Natural Learning
"Networked learning is the use of Information and Communications Technology (such as the Internet) to establish and maintain connections with people and information to support each other's learning, hence - a networked learning. It is relating to the learning theory Connectivism."
In practice, the term "Networked Learning" - as used by
and others - describes the process of exploring web-based, media-rich, open content, then remixing that content using free, web-based tools and/or open source software to generate new content - and new understandings and meaning in the process - and then freely sharing that new content and knowledge with others.
Traditional elearning often uses Learning Management Systems (LMSes) to manage learning (and learners), thereby mimicking the traditional teacher/class/course/institution-centred approach. Networked Learning takes a user/learner-centred approach, hence the choice of distributed tools.
Networked Learning doesn't really
technology - whenever we tap into and share the resources, knowledge, wisdom, mentorship and support of our
networks, networked learning is occuring. Networking technology just makes it easier to do that in a fragmented, populous world.
Resources on Networked Learning
Knowledge Sharing with Distributed Networking Tools
from Sean FitzGerald & Leigh Blackall
Networked Learning flickr presentation
by Leigh Blackall
Decide on the network name & where/what the online presence will be (e.g. blog). This will occur on the
Online Mentoring Network forum
The new name is the 'Connected Learning Community' and it was decided to use
as the online presence.)
Choose a tag for the network (based on the name) to be used with applications that support tagging such as del.icio.us, flickr etc. (
the tag is 'clcommunity'.)
Decide whether we need forums and/or a mailing list.
Set-up the online presence for the project. (
Connected Learning Community Blog
Set-up a wiki for resources. (
Connected Learning Community Wiki
Regular posts/tutorials/presentations on various tools and how to link them together and integrate them into an online presence to create a PLE.
Continue to explore other Web 2.0 tools and related learning theories and their impact on education through ongoing discussions and presentations.
Develop strategies, recommendations etc.
How is the Network Formed?
As there is no technological method of registering (as in joining a mailing list or EdNA group) membership is self-defined.
The user/learner creates and defines their own learning network.
The Network is formed through linking, comments & trackbacks and having conversations.
How to Participate in the Network
Since there is no EdNA group or mailing list to join it's up to you...
If you want to be part of the initial planning process, join the OMN and subscribe to
2006 Network Planning Forum
and/or subscribe to the forum's RSS feed:
(if you don't want to join EdNA groups you can just follow the discussion at the
2006 Network Planning Forum on SuprGlu
Choose an online presence (later you will learn how to add other tools to form your PLE).
Once an official online presence is created, subscribe to its RSS feed using an RSS reader. (
Connected Learning Community Blog's RSS feed
Start commenting on and linking to the project blog and other members' blogs and related blogs.
What's Needed to Become a Member of the Network?
A willingness to learn and take responsibility for your own learning.
A willingness to be a self-directed learner.
An eagerness to learn about new tools and technologies.
A willingness to share your knowledge and resources and to mentor others.
Getting people involved and keeping them informed (i.e. getting people to subscribe to the RSS feed)
Lack of technology access or IT support
Lack of skills and professional development
Next Steps (at the time of the May 16th launch)
Decide on a name for the network
Decide on an online presence (
Choose a tag for the network (based on name) to be used with applications that support tagging such as del.icio.us, flickr etc.
by Stephen Downes
Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?
by Bryan Alexander
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
by Yochai Benkler (free book)
Coming of Age: An introduction to the NEW worldwide web
edited by Terry Freedman (free booklet)
Networked Learning on the Web
The last ten URLs saved at del.icio.us and tagged with "networkedlearning":
networkedlearning - home
Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Literacy = Skill Social
Learning with 'e's: Thinking in networks
Unleashing the Power of Networked Learning - Martha Stone Wiske - Innovations in Education - Harvard Business Review
Harold Jarche » Informal Learning Workshop Follow-up
Full list of URLs saved to del.icio.us and tagged with
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