Sebastian Fiedler – Key note

Sebastian says that back in 2003 there was very little work being done in the educational arena, and now compared to today there has been a major amount of work/evolution around the globe. He moved through much of his content at a rapid rate due to time issues so some of this is very patchy.

Radical innovations in education

Assimilation of new technologies

The discouraging lesson that might be drawn is that radical innovation has no chance in education

Can we look at this new media as an opportunity to a renaissance?

Characters of this renaissance:-

  • What was hardware is now software, ie things are up for discussion that previously were not
  • Leap to authorship

When new technology appears the masses usually get pushed into a role of consumer, to move to an author/generator of content usually takes a large about of work. People are slowly moving from a consumer role of content to an author, blogs give us this ability.

Typical stages of development around new technology:- deconstruction, demystification, participatory

Is the internet a story of revolution., assimilation or renaissance? Early days has always had communication as a fundamental factor. The early designers of the web saw this as well. Web 1.0 was static, with content being king but in a mystic approach where the designers had the control. Focus for users as on consumption. Now new tools are being built over the static web through tools like wikis, blogs are a new interface to the same conceptual framework. Collaboration is now in the forefront. We now have decentralisation.

The Open Source movement has been instrumental in the development if the internet today, the openness and freedom where anyone can be an author. Openness of process, content, and purpose, goals and application.

Open Source principles are now seeping into other parts of our culture, which is great:-
DARENet is an idea to have all content being published online.
OpenCola is an open environment to a product, anyone can post modifications to the recipe.

Pekka Himanen looked at the different concepts between open and closed models. A strange concept is most universities are still operating in an environment of the “monastery”, not an open environment. However universities are tyring to use and apply the tools designed for an open environment. Higher education tends to try and assimilate technology into its traditional environment. There typically is no conversational technology within higher education. Sebastian wonders are we really having a renaissance?

Whenever you undertake learning outside of formal education, always involves a conversation so that you learn, you never learn without a full conversation. If you are not an author you are not part of the conversation.

Sebastian’s potential aspects of use of blog from back in 2003:-

  • recording and representing patterns and meanings or actions
  • Reflecting upon the above
  • Reiterating the process of explication and reflection
  • Shifting from a task focus level to a process focused level
  • Construction of a personal vocabulary to converse about the process
  • Intrernalising practise and tools characterised over time

Uses Merlin’s 43Folders as an example of the conversation in his pursuit around GTD. This starts to move us along the path towards citizen science as describe by Rebecca Blood yesterday. Sebastian’s focus on the work by Merlin on 43Folders is was really amazing and how it pulls together so many of the threads that have been discussed. Doing it online helps move the conversation along, others can learn and help out where that have already undertaken what you are trying to archive.

Our current focus is still in the early adapter stage. We seem to be trying to push the tool of blogs versus showing the benefit and having others follow because they can see the value. He also sees educational work is still very much putting a square into a round hole (again for today).

Sebastian sees lots of opportunities for research on blog authoring for learning. Maybe we should look at the how the amateurs are using the technology for learning as opposed to forcing the traditional educators view.

I know a long post, but I could not help it.