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Network technology, disruptive innovation and the future

This is the presentation I gave to the SAFFIRE launch festival at the University of Canberra on Monday 18 March, 2013

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In terms of most HE institutions, DI would really only enable them catch up with 30 years of using technology to do what they have always done, and resisting any significant changes.

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Anne Whaits's curator insight, March 20, 2013 5:36 AM

For me the affordances of technology and the associated potential disruptive innovations possible in higher education are exciting indeed! I am not sure that DI spells the demise of the brick and mortar university as we know it ... for many the face-to-face contact and engagement is key to success while others prefer the total online experience. It is my view that different blends will emerge in different contexts and significant shifts from old models of teaching to new models of learning will be made. I really like the notion of the "multiversity".

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:04 AM

The 'I' in the above is Mark Smithers. Although you really miss the voice that goes with the slides, the slides themselves already provide a lot of food for thought. There's one comment I would like to add to what Anne already said.

I am starting the feel uneasy about the term 'disruptive innovation'. As a descriptive term of past events it probably makes good sense, but as a label for current events, such as the mushrooming of MOOCs, it almost takes on a prescriptive guise. Its use almost implies that universities should stop thinking about their future, there is no point doing so as there is none.  MOOCs being a disruptive innovation are bound to take over from them. To be sure, Mark doesn't say so, indeed, he discusses reactions universities should have. However, pictures like the one of a huge, grounded ship easily evoke an image of inability timely to change course. Before you know it, such descriptions become self-fulilling prophecies (something which of course some people are only too keen to emphasise, as is evidenced by another one of this week's scoops of mine: http://sco.lt/89vrjF) (@pbsloep)

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:24 AM

H817 students. A lot of points made that are relevant to what we are doing at the moment. I share the same sentiments as Anne Whaits and feel that we'll be seeing more diversity in the future, or as Smither's terms it 'Multiversity'.

 

I heard an interesting comment from one of my advanced English language students today in response to the topic, 'Young people have too many opportunities nowadays'. Her reply was, 'No that's not true, we have choices. We have more choices now that suit different learners. I think it's great.'

 

Perhaps we need to listen more intensely to the student voice?

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===> Any learning theory is only as good as the way in which it is applied and worked through, and we have seen it produce highly successful results where correctly applied, in the right circumstances. <===

 

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Maria Persson's curator insight, November 27, 2014 3:53 PM

This definitely demands some attention. As an ever reflective practitioner of  teaching and learning I need to dig deeper when models and ways of thinking challenge those that I already hold as 'almost sacred'. 

 

Thank you for sharing this find! Looking forward to exploring. 

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Heutagogia  e o olhar sobre a aprendizagem do século XXI:


1- protagonizar a própria aprendizagem

2- educadores mantem foco no processo de aprendizagem ao inves do conteudo

3- evita-se aprendizagem focada no educador 

4- migra-se para o "mundo da aprendizagem"

5- explora e aprende praticando auto escolha e acao auto direcionada

6- avancar alem da disciplina


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