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Not just about networks

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Slides from the 3rd International Seminar on Online Higher Education in Management, Santiago, Chile, October 2016. A 20 minute presentation intended to end in questions, the biggest of which being, in an age of plenty, with options for distributed content, distributed connections, distributed accreditation, and tools for personal sense making, whether there is a need for universities and other formal educational institutions any more. Unsurprisingly, the consensus among participants was a slightly equivocal 'yes'. However, thinking more deeply about the nature of those institutions, participants considered ways institutions can become network hubs with blurred boundaries, ways they might continue to preserve/transform culture, and ways they might focus more deeply on values, creativity, meaning, critical thinking, etc. Some great dialogues emerged.

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Not just about networks

  1. 1. Not just about networks Jon Dron Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute Professor & Chair, SCIS, Athabasca University, Canada jond@athabascau.ca http://jondron.athabascau.ca 11 3rd International Seminar on Online Higher Education in Management 11 Santiago de Chile, 17 - 18 October, 2016 3rd International Seminar on Online Higher Education in Management Título Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
  2. 2. What’s the first thing you do when you want to learn something?
  3. 3. me too etc
  4. 4. The two most successful learning technologies in a thousand years?
  5. 5. Online, we are swimming in a sea of teachers
  6. 6. Distributed content
  7. 7. Distributed support 📧
  8. 8. Distributed accreditation
  9. 9. Personal sense- making
  10. 10. So, why bother with universities?
  11. 11. setnet group Universi(es, Departments, Companies, Na(ons, professional bodies Tribes Social networks - Friends, Work, Community Subject areas, Geographically collocated people, People with shared characteris(cs, abili(es, etc Classes, Tutorial groups, Seminars, Project teams Ad-hoc learning networks, Clubs & socie(es, Communities of practice Wiki editors, Alumni networks, Communi(es of interest Framework: Social forms http://teachingcrowds.ca
  12. 12. Traditional education is all about groups, mostly closed
  13. 13. rulesnames hierarchies norms pace sequence power relationshipsstructure collaboration and contest membership duration joining and leaving exclusion leaders ritualsGroups identity processes
  14. 14. All groups are designed
  15. 15. Trust Belonging Safety Efficiency Effectiveness Value in groups?
  16. 16. other social forms the setthe net
  17. 17. networks people you know not designed I store my knowledge in my friends (Karen Stephenson)
  18. 18. designed networks
  19. 19. network dangers preferential attachment inefficient paths echo chambers connection trumps wisdom lack of structure lack of process lack of direction/control Matthew Effect distraction narcissismownership? blurred contexts
  20. 20. sets people like you (interests or attributes)
  21. 21. designed sets
  22. 22. Set dangers anonymity lack of process weak social ties stupid people lack of caring bad people lack of structure reliability lack of trust trolls blind leading the blind cultural conflict
  23. 23. The collective capture processing presentation
  24. 24. Wise crowds (stupid mobs?)
  25. 25. You are the product/ you rent the product You use the product You (co-)create the product You own the product Ownership and control AthabascaLanding
  26. 26. The owner’s purpose is rarely to support learning, rarely to support you. EdgeRank algorithm: you see less than 3% of ‘friends’ shared contentYou are the product
  27. 27. Athabasca Landing https://landing.athabascau.ca/
  28. 28. A safe space ~ A social learning commons ~ A social construction kit ~ No one in control, no hierarchies, few rules ~ Persistent - boundary-crossing - beyond the course The Landing
  29. 29. much learning 8,700 users 26,000 blog posts 14,000 shared files 7,500 shared bookmarks 4,500 microblog posts 10,000 wiki pages 3,300 discussions530 groups >20,000 unique visitors a month (>2,000 internal) ~30 courses ~20 research groups ~30 committees/working groups self-organized
  30. 30. Using nets and sets • Can we/should we let go? • Who owns the network/set? • What should our algorithms do? • How should we teach/research/learn in an age of plenty? • What value do we add? • What is the role of the university when everyone is a teacher?
  31. 31. thank you/ gracias! Landing: https://landing.athabascau.ca/profile/jond Home page: http://jondron.athabascau.ca Aggregation page: http://jondron.org email: jond@athabascau.ca Twitter: @jondron More or less any social medium: jondron http://teachingcrowds.ca