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Published on March 14, 2014

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Slides for webinar (14/3/14. with Catherine Cronin as part of the University of Sussex open education week activities. More information available @

OpenandOnline: connections, community&reality CatherineCronin @catherinecronin & SheilaMcNeill @sheilmcn #openeducationwk UniversityofSussex 14th March2014 CCBY-SA2.0cogdog

Who’s here? Are you... a - Lecturer b - Learning technologist c - Librarian d - Student support e - Researcher f - Other / bit of everything

Key questions: • What makes education ‘open’? • How are digital identities enacted in open vs. bounded online spaces? • How are power relationships between educators and students negotiated in different online spaces? • How might we close the gap between the ideals and the messy realities of being networked learners, educators and researchers?

“I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.” – Joi Ito @joi Quote: Joi Ito Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 yobink

How open are you? Extensive use of digital technologies Limited use of digital technologies Closed “lone academic” Open “digital scholar” Source: Jenny Mackness #FSLT13

At its best openness is an ethos not a license. It's an approach to teaching and learning that builds a community of learners online and off. -Jim Groom

Social Networks Internet Mobile Networked Individualism

Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 2005-2013 2005 2013

Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros Networked Teacher

Networked Students too… Student Based on image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros

Networked Educators Networked Students

Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces

Flickr CC images: cdessums, infidelic, sholeh!

Individuals with abundant access to ICTs who have habits of effective use of these technologies in information-seeking and problem-solving activities are unable to make effective use of these technologies in higher education settings. David Wiley & John Hilton III (2009) The Daily Divide

Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces

Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces Networked Educators

#icollab TAGSExplorer (thanks to @mhawksey) 153 nodes 756 edges @CT231 IT Professional Skills #ct231 #icollab

“If institutions of learning are going to help learners with the real challenges they face... [they] will have to shift their focus from imparting curriculum to supporting the negotiation of productive identities through landscapes of practices.” CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 choconancy1 Etienne Wenger (2010)

“ I wonder about Amazon, Google, the NSA and my University both influencing our interactions with each other through technology and mining the data to control markets, society even education. I believe that education is the key to understanding what these organisations are doing to us, but there is a worry for me around the content and the feedback being delivered through an organisation or infrastructure that influence the message.” David Sherlock : The medium and the message: networks and control of data

How do I visualise my institutional network?

Learners need to practice and experiment with different ways of enacting their identities, and adopt subject positions through different social technologies and media. These opportunities can only be supported by academic staff who are themselves engaged in digital practices and questioning their own relationship with knowledge. - Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010)

We’d love to hear your thoughts & questions.

Thank you! CatherineCronin @catherinecronin & SheilaMcNeill @sheilmcn

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