Friday, March 15, 2013

Week 5: Open Learning Session Notes

Informal Learning Through Google+ This Week Included
   -favorite tricks for amusing children in restaurants and other Venues of Extreme Waiting
   -Stage combat

Philipp Schmitt
-open communities of learners see themselves as activists
-will they have to be an alternative to education systems? or a can they transfuse?
-formal education does not allow for “debugging”
-you learn something, either you know it or you don’t and then you move on
-this is not at the heart of open community

Audrey Watters

-education technology writer
-got into blogging to be more transparent with work and thoughts
- building networks and relationships with people on web
- different way of learning than traditional
-most of online and educational tech is based on old paradigms-”moving lecture online”

Can we generalize this open source software process?
-the notion of “debugging” and looking at things closely
-“debugging” the learning process outside of code
-idea of github outside code (
-want to be able to look at everything, hack everything
-there should not be anything that is hidden, “a black box” to learner
-things that let us dive in and make us producers, not mere consumers

How can this idea change institutions?
-openness needs to permeate institutions

-with so many open projects, some can spring up and not really be open
-need to absolutely integrate what they mean
-are these classes actually open
-using open material? on open web?
-many still resemble old lecture halls where one person dispenses knowledge

How can classroom teachers apply?
-allow for more collaborative environment
-we are usually taught that even though we sit in a classroom with other learners, we are supposed to do all of our learning in isolation
-change this paradigm, to wear we help each other, support each other, and “debug” together

Does this work for everybody?
-possibly not, but the goal is to make all learning passion based
-we may not have legions of kids solving math worksheets

Mako Hill

-while struggled in traditional school, found home in online learning communities
-open softwares
-spends a lot of time reconciling work in traditional academic communities with his work in open and free communities that he is most proud of

How do open software communities work?
-create things and distribute with open license
-downloading and sharing with communities

Can we generalize this open source software process?
-idea that sharing is good and ethical imperative to do so when possible
-how and when we learn should be under control of learner

How can this idea change institutions?
-thinks we have made enormous progress
-need imagination for things to be better
-when teaching next year he wants to give everyone an “A” and say... if you don’t want to come back fine, if you do maybe we can teach each other something
-this may be too extreme but willing to meet in the middle to make progress

-most transformative educational experiences have been outside classroom environment
-MOOCs may not change this

How can classroom teachers apply?
-Document things outside the classroom, do not make the classroom so isolating
-wikis, wikipedia, scratch, etc.
-how can we solve problems together?

-translate wikipedia for example

Does this work for everybody?
-everybody can contribute in different ways
-for example people can teach older people to use wikipedia so they can share their knowledge
-can we build tools for other people?

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