Keynote 2 ppt

Keynote 2: The power of the collective

Allison Littlejohn, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University

Abstract: All of us learn as an inseparable part of the Many - the range of distinct groups, networks, communities or collectives that are part of our lives (Dron and Anderson, 2007). The Many is progressively more connected through pervasive social systems, unleashing opportunities for open access to human and non-human entities (people, knowledge, materials including OERs) that can act as resources for learning. Increasingly these resources are openly available, contributing to changes within the Many that open up opportunities for new conceptualisations of learning. Although learning has been viewed as either primarily individual, minimally influenced by others, or predominantly collaborative, more recent conceptualisations view learning as a process of creating networks that connect people, organisations and resources (Siemens, 2006). Social networks enable learners to connect with and tap into groups, networks, communities or collectives to consume, filter and create new knowledge. Collectives include the open formation of tag clouds, recommendations or navigation in social systems based on prior use, evaluation or other stigmergic indicators (Dron and Anderson, 2007). These collectives enable access to the unpredictable, and yield spontaneous and serendipitous learning and knowledge sharing (Sunstein, 2001). In this new concept of learning individuals can learns by both drawing on and at the same time contributing to the collective knowledge (Paavola et al, 2004, Littlejohn, Milligan & Margaryan, 2009). Learning could be enhanced through mechanisms that allow individuals to create and share knowledge by connecting with each other and the broader collective. Taking a broad perspective on learning, this keynote will explore the power of the collective. It will examine different ways individuals interact with collective knowledge for learning and will explore processes to enhance individuals’ capacity to learn from and contribute to the collective.

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