Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning

Learning2gether Episode 176

The audio is two hours long and has been broken into two segments:

Part 1 (first hour)

Download mp3 part 1 here:

Part 2 (second hour)

Download mp3 part 2 here:

Sun Sept 22 at 13:00 GMT – Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning

Proposals for the TESOL-sponsored EVO are due today, or by the end of this week, so that acceptances can be sent out by October 6 as promised.

Today’s discussion seeks to call attention to this worthy effort, to encourage you to submit a proposal soon if you haven’t done so already (about half a dozen have been received for far with several known to be in the works), and also to suggest to all others that it would be a very worthwhile investment of time to participate in EVO this January and February by following a course or two, if not actively moderating one.

Who: A discussion hosted by Vance Stevens

What: What’s going on with networked learning and how should this inform our teaching practices

Where; Google+ Hangout on Air

This discussion can take place in a wider context including some special recent events such as the CIDER seminars where Terry Anderson just presented, and the STEMx free online conference that ended yesterday.  The latter was organized by Steve Hargadon, who teams up with Shelly Terrell in the 4th Reform Symposium (RSCON4) scheduled Oct 11-13 <http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/2013-reform-symposium>, and the TESOL CALL-IS and IATEFL LTSIG one-day conference to be held on Oct 12 <http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/318-121013-special-event-using-technology-in-teaching-principles-in-practice.html>.

These are but two (that happened to take place in the past week) in a firehose of events that have been increasing in frequency, often not weeks, but days apart. The MOOC concept, whether xMOOC or cMOOC, provides steady often overlapping opportunities for deeper, more prolonged engagement not only with niche topics, but more importantly with others interested in those niches.  Google Hangouts on Air now make it possible for anyone to simulcast an event, and many do, extending invitations to colleagues in a mushroom field of communities.  It seems there is something of this nature going on every minute, and social media is working virally to spread the word among educators.  Stepping back to a wider perspective on this phenomenon, what is going on every minute is networked, connectivist learning.

Every minute! Open education, driven by learners connecting with other learners, is taking place around the clock, around the globe, in countless free spaces, bound only by the amount of time participants can make to engage and absorb the knowledge inherent in their networks.

So our discussion can touch on how we might rethink our role as educators, or perhaps more importantly, encourage others to follow our example. The Hangout today is another example of how participants in social networks acquire the tools for re-thinking how they engage their students.

Networked learning is ineffable in that it must be experienced to be understood, and those without that experience have difficulty grasping a full range of its affordances. As the behavior of participants in online networked learning changes, so their teaching styles change, and the better they are able to model for their students characteristics of what they find most effectively leads to their learning what they want to know in an increasingly interconnected world.

(This happens to be what Vance will be talking about at the upcoming RSCON4 conference in October, and I hope today’s discussion will help us conceptualize some of the issues to be addressed.)

What happened at the event:

This conversation was two hours long.  There’s not much we can do about the YouTube video without putting in considerable effort, but I can cut the mp3 rendition into Part 1 (when most people left) and Part 2, where it was me staying out of the way of a conversation between David Weksler, Rob Perhamus, and Scott Lockman.

Nina asked in the chat if the Google+ text chat was preserved. The answer is ‘no’ unless someone ‘ding!’ copies the chat and pastes it into a text file in some reduced and meaningful form, as I have done here.

Present in the Hangout

  • Elizabeth Anne
  • Rob Perhamus
  • David Weksler
  • Marilina Lonigro (on a mobile device)
  • Marijana Smolcec
  • Nina Liakos
  • Dafne Gonzalez
  • Claire Siskin
  • Sedat Akayoglu
  • Vance Stevens

The following URLs were mentioned:

Maker Faire http://makerfaire.com/

Rob showed us a free book by Ray Kurzweil, downloadable here


Marijana Smolcec told us about TeachMeets http://teachmeetinternational.org/

Sedat Akayoglu showed us oldman vs ipad


Nina Liakos showed us


Mindcraft came up, Vance suggested

David Weksler showed us http://minecraftedu.com/page/

Rob Perhamus kept mentioning

from the gemba

and Sarah Hill

We recalled Sunday, January 15, 2012 – Super Sunday Streaming with Jeff Lebow: Hanging out in Second Life withHeike Philp, PetchaFlickr with Scott Lockman, and more


Rob Perhamus showed us pranav mistry no pads needed

David Weksler mentioned know your audience? Bob Fass – WBAI?

Rob Pehamus mentioned Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi; scott lockman suggested this helpful mnemonic – Chick Sent Me High

David Weksler offered this quote:

Do not forget as you walk these classic places you are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish the world if you forget the errand — Woodrow Wilson


Two recent events alluded to in this presentation were

Wed Sept 18 1700 GMT CIDER features Terry Anderson – Exploring research issues

From https://landing.athabascau.ca/groups/profile/289790/cider/tab/359765/sessions

“In this session, Professor, former Canada Research Chair, and CIDER host Dr. Terry Anderson will overview the contents of a new open access book to be released by AU press this fall. The book overviews the major issues that researchers in online education are researching and on which they are publishing. But what are the issues that you are concerned with? Join your colleagues in some small group discussions, focussing on questions that really need research energy … Please logon to the CIDER sessions – https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/ – as a “guest”. You will then be prompted for your name, and you could add your location or institution as well, if you wish.”

The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) is a Centre for Distance Education research initiative at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University. The next CIDER session is Wed Oct 2 1700 GMT

What Kinds of Learning Can We Scale with Online Resources and Activities (and what can’t we scale)?

Thomas Carey, Athabasca University

These events are free to anyone to attend.

There is no mention of recordings of these sessions at this site (that I can see)

But I have been passed this link: https://connect.athabascau.ca/p58595205/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

but more content is available to those who can log onto the site with one of the following credentials

September 19-21, 2013 – Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference

the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference will be held over the course of three days, September 19-21, 2013, and will be free to attend!

STEMxCon will be a highly inclusive event that will engage students and educators around the globe and will encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching. The call for presentations has been issued. More information below.
Please register at http://www.stemxcon.com to attend and to be kept informed

6 thoughts on “Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning

  1. Pingback: Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning | The Webhead Link

  2. Thanks everyone who participated in this hangout, and making it publicly available for others to watch. I’m planning a talk this Friday and will be using the learning2gether community discourse as a way educators share from around the globe. Thanks for setting the example!

  3. Pingback: Vance Stevens representing Learning2gether at RSCON4: From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom | Learning2gether

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