Creating a learnspace in your workplace
One of this year’s PELeCON conference keynotes was my friend Joyce Seitzinger from Deakin University. This blog post is a summary of her talk, the slides are available online.
She started by stating that winning a place for technology is easy, whereas winning people for technology is hard. The talk gave a nice overview of some new tools and how they can be used, as well as Joyce reflecting on her own use of social media. She referred to Hegarthy and Kelly’s work on staff development models. Other references included ‘The information diet’ by Clay Johnson and ‘Is Google making us stupid?’ by Nicholas Carr. She showed a really nice infographic illustrating social media and how they can be used to support different activities. She agrees with Clay Shirkey’s assertion that it is not information overload, but filter failure. We can harness the power of our distributed social network of peers to act as filters and aggregators for us. She stated that ‘my network is my filter and my lifeline’.
She described three types of interaction, team based, Community of Practice and Networked, which is similar to Dron and Anderson’s concepts of groups, networks and collectives (Dron and Anderson 2007). She also referenced Wenger et al.’s book ‘Digital Habitus’about the stewarding of technologies (Wenger, White et al. 2009).
She when on to describe the Netprax project that she is involved with at Deakin, which is trying to help academics make more effective use of social media. The project is using a range of tools, include Yammer, fb, blogs and Twitter. She also referenced Dave White’s work on digital visitors and digital residents and also Martin Weller’s book ‘The digital scholar’. She argued that becoming a networked learner was an example of a phenomenal experience, i.e. something that fundamentally changes you.
She then shared a number of interesting sites, including: about.me, visual.ly, vizify.com and visualize.me. She finished by quoting from John Naughton’s recent book (Naughton 2012) that we overestimate the short term impact of new technologies and under estimate their long term impact.
Dron, J. and T. Anderson (2007). Collectives, networks and groups in social software for e-Learning. Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education Quebec. Retrieved Feb. 16: 2008.