Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments

In education schools create coherence based on ‘Conceptual Orientation’ (i.e. sense making) illustrating how theories and knowledge are related.  Following the emerging trend of Distributed Learning Environments used in Networked Learning, teachers also need to include ‘Spatial Orientation’ (i.e. way finding) to answer questions like: Where do I find useful Learning Resources (i.e. salience)?  How are these resources interconnected (i.e. pattern recognition)? What is the underlying message (i.e. trajectory)?

 In the previous module we used web tools for creating, delivering and managing Learning Resources [#CNT12]. During this course you will create, deliver and manage an educational event that aggregates the latest work from participants within the cohort into one location.  This allows Peer-to-Peer (P2P) learning and keep the work they do in their own Personal Learning Environment (PLE).  The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation.

Make Cycle #1: How to…

First assignment, let’s remix the How To format!

a) Make a How to Be! connected to something that introduces who you are, your hobby or your community.

This is my Selfie about How to Behave Like a Swede (A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone – Wikipedia).

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The text on the T-shirt reads:

  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Population: 9 million
  • Currency: Krona
  • Food: Herring
  • Dress: All natural
  • Music: Abba
  • Pastivities: Sauna’s

 

 

b) Share your favorite examples (and non-examples!) of good How To guides:

The co-facilitators weekly newsletter introduced us to wikiHow and I found How to Get Six Pack Abs, but you can also take the shortcut How To Get “Ripped” Without Exercising.

In the CLMOOC Make Bank I submitted the assignment  Create an Animated Avatar.voki02

I then decided to add my tutorial and made this post the URL. On the About Voki page you can read:

The Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! Give your Voki a voice by recording with a microphone, using our dial-in number, or uploading an audio file. Voki characters can be emailed, shared on social media, and embedded on websites!

After creating an accont I made the following selections:

  • Head: Toons-Male-Teen Ryan
  • Hair: Spiky
  • Mouths: Narrow
  • Face Hair: None

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Joining CLMOOC (Week01)

Today Making Learning Connected (#CLMOOC) begins. The Educator Innovator has set up a micro-investment fund for online meet-ups enabeling educators to move their practice toward connected learning and community engagement. The course is organized into weekly Make Cycles, with open-ended invitations to make, play, learn and connect. In this introductury post I will formulate my learning outcome, since my experience is that after the 7 week period (June 13–August 1) this will support my own reflection. During the first Make Cycle we focus our thinking and reflection around the ways in which “How To guides” can be used to share who we are and the things we are good at.clmooc_120px

Make Cycle Week 01:

a) Make a How to Be! connected to something that introduces who you are, your hobby or your community.

b) Share your favorite examples (and non-examples!) of good How To guides.

Joining ETMOOC

In this introductury post I will formulate my learning outcome, since my experience is that after the ten week period this will support reflection.

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To be continued…

Skill Badge: Certified Networked Teacher #CNT12

This is some information about our preparation for the badge ‘Certified Networked Teacher’ at P2PU:
Url of the challenge associated with this badge

Badge Name:  Certified Networked Teacher

Badge Short Description:  The use of web tools in networked learning has become an important 21st century skills for teachers.  This challenge will give you the ability to envision a new future based on web tools in a networked learning scenario.  

Badge Requirements:
You will engage with instructional tools for creating, delivering and managing your learning resources in an innovative way.  The first task is finished when you have posted a link to your learning resource in the CNT challenge and at least one peer participant has posted a comment with approval.  The requirements is that the learning resource specifies the target audience and has the function to model, demonstrate, help us practice or help us reflect.  The final task will be to create a Screencast Tutorial that demonstrate your skills as a Networked Teacher.  After this badge you will be ready to take on syndicated education in distributed learning environments as an ‘Advanced Networked Teacher’.  On expert level you will be a central node in networked learning and change how we understand education in the future.  The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation (i.e Certified Networked Teacher, Advanced Networked Teacher and Expert Networked Teacher). 
 
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Badge Logic: Skill Badge that requires submissions:
 Rubrics:  A few sentences starting with ‘How well was this peer able to: ‘ that reviewers will use to evaluate the submissions:
  • How well was this peer able to reuse existing learning resources to create his/her own?
  • How well was this peer able to adapt his/her learning resource to deliver it to the target audience?
  • How well was this peer able to organize the material in order to share the learning resource?
 

Learning Resources

A learning resource specifies the target audience and the function is to model, demonstrate, help us practice or help us reflect.

The Use of Web Tools for Networked Learning [#CNT12]

Our first online course “Teachers Open Online Learning for Professional Development” [#TOOL12] investigated what new skills and capacities teachers need to develop in ‘Networked Literacy & Fluency’.  We then shared some thoughts on some criteria for badges/certification as a ‘Networked Teacher’.  This was a peer to peer course at P2PU and resulted in our community badges as well as our mission statement.

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In 2012 we completed our second online course “The Use of Web Tools in Networked Learning” [ #CNT12] (16/4-4/5, 2012) and we  used tutorials on WikiEducator.  The aim was to support the participants to complete the challenge “Certified Networked Teacher” and receive a skill badge that can be use within the Mozilla open badges framework.

Next module will be “Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments” [#ANT12] and I the future we will develop the expert skills with “Central Node in Networked Learning” [#ENT12].

Teachers Open Online Learning (TOOL)

A ‘Massive Open Online Course’ (MOOC) is an educational tool to apply the theory of connectivism and an open pedagogy based on networked learning.  MOOCs are founded on principle characteristics of autonomy, diversity, openness and interaction.

There has emerged a variant in open learning that is called ‘Collaborative Open Online Learning‘ (COOL).  This can be illustrated with “Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (EC&I) 831: Open, Connected, Social”, where participants engage in the development of a personal blog/digital portfolio and the collaborative development of an educational technology wiki resource.  Before the end each member complete of a student-chosen, major digital project.

 

Our idea of ‘Teachers Open Online Learning’ (TOOL) embrace the idea that a Community of Practitioners meet to share experiences and insights via advanced technologies.  This creates new ways to share and remix resources, collaborate with other educators, and help our learners connect with each other.

Our Community Badges

Earning badges for learning new things is a way to display knowledge and skills. At the moment we have released three light blue ‘CommunityBadges’:

Supporter Contributor Scholar
  • Supporter (A person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or movement)
  • Contributor (A person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution)
  • Scholar (A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge)

These ‘Community Badges’ only have value for our community and recognize the work that has been done by participants in the P2PU course “eduToolkit . Teachers Open Online Learning“.  As soon as Mozilla’s Open Badges project allow organizations to issue digital badges, this will allow students to collect badges from different sources and display them across the web – on their resume, web site, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere.  We will soon have green ‘Skill Badges’ available that are compatible with Mozilla’s ‘Open Badge Infrastructure’. The first three modules will continue our work with ‘Teachers Open Online Learning’ and focus on the concept of ‘The Networked Teacher’:

  • Certified Networked Teacher [ #CNT12]– Use of Web Tools
  • Advanced Networked Teacher – Syndicated Education
  • Expert Networked Teacher – Central Node in Learning

Details about who earned ‘Community Badges’ will be availabel in our ‘Hall of fame‘ as an official recognition of particiapants.

Assessment Badges

There are development of ‘Open Assessment’ that recognize that accreditation and certification occurs outside formal education.  Our current focus is on using ‘Open Badges’ as the currency to capture and demonstrate learning, skills and reputation within the community.

There is a section with our ‘Badge Ecosystem” that display application requirements and the official list of each graduate.  The light blue colur are used in the eduToolkit community to represent their involvment.  As soon as Mozilla’s Open Badges project allow organizations to issue digital badges, this will allow students to collect badges from different sources and display them across the web – on their resume, web site, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere.