Above is a 4 minute video on Social Syllabus, an online teaching and learning platform in development by John Kuiphoff that promotes the democratization of course content through the use of social media.
Our discussions thus far have touched on communities of practice that facilitate our formal and informal learning experiences and the significance of Web 2.0 as an easy-to-use platform for users to connect, create and collaborate.
In this week’s materials, Thomas Friedman talks about the convergence of various ‘flatteners’ that now allow “individuals to more equally compete, connect and collaborate globally” and the critical role liberal arts play in this new, flat world. In his K-12 Online Conference 2010 keynote, Diego Leal challenges us to examine the pedagogical, social and technological hurdles that continue to divide us and, using the web as a platform, invites us to collaboratively and collectively address these issues. In Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network, Jon Mott and David Wiley call for an alternative to the widely used vertical information silos familiar to most in higher ed as course or learning management systems.
Some questions to jumpstart our discussion on this week’s materials if you wish:
- As more secondary and post-secondary institutions adopt and engage in more open and collaborative learning exchanges, how could this impact our programs, our research and our students?
- What are some of the barriers to learning that impact you and your students? Based on what we’ve explored thus far, does this shared, networked platform offer potential solutions? Any challenges?
On Thursday we will continue our discussion in an online environment, the details of which you’ll receive on Tuesday. I look forward to learning with you!