Networked Learning Conference 2020



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    WS1. (How) Can computational things be utilized in networked learning

    The aim of this workshop is to discuss with participants what roles (if any) “computational things” can have in networked learning practice and, vice versa, what roles (if any) networked learning can have in learning with “computational things”.

    • Nina Bonderup Dohn
    • Stig Børsen Hansen
    • Ane Bjerre Odgaard
    • Roland Hachmann

    Bonderup Dohn et al. - (How) Can computational things be utilized in networked learning.pdf


    Presentation (pdf)

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    WS2. Developing an Institutional open educational practices (OEP) Self Assessment Instrument

    As institutions move to considering the implementation of open education environments, it is critical to understand the characteristics and potential success factors for institutional open educational practices. Higher education institutions are changing to meet the needs of contemporary learners, and as a result, there is a need to discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing open education practices in these spaces (Paskevicius, 2017). While there are currently limited institutional case studies on openness to build upon (Morgan, 2018; Childs, Axe, Veletsianos & Webster, 2019), there is potential for the lessons learned from the rich research on blended learning (Lim & Wang, 2017; Graham et. al., 2013) and institutional transformation research (Kezar & Eckel, 2002) to lend insight to potential practices for institutional OEP initiatives. By adopting both an appreciative and critical approach, a draft OEP self-assessment instrument for institutions was created with the intention of examining the similarities and differences between institutional approaches and their evolution. This workshop will provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings and description of the OEP self-assessment instrument and its component parts. Through small group activities, participants will examine and discuss propositional categories and components of the OEP self-assessment instrument. Participants will complete the online OEP self assessment instrument and discuss their experience with a focus on expanding their understanding of what others are doing in institutions globally, and improving the OEP instrument for global use. Participants will also identify initiatives and/or approaches that could help expand OEP at their own institutions.

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    WS4. Data Visualisation Visualise your data by connecting to the universe

    Data visualisation examples will be presented for asking participants to interpret and draw conclusions from. • The advantages of data visualisation will be highlighted. • A comparison between good and bad data visualization will be highlighted. • Participants can bring their own data to work with, and/or they can work with the presenter’s data in order to analyse and represent data in a visual format. • All participants need to bring with them their laptops and have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on it.

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    WS5. What’s the future like. Speculative Methods in Networked Learning

    The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to speculative methods and explore their application to the field as a way of imagining potential futures and scenarios for learning, design, and technology. We define speculative methods as “research approaches that explore and create possible futures under conditions of complexity and uncertainty” (Ross, 2018). We aim to facilitate a broader conversation regarding the future of technology and networks in education through the exploration of the use of speculative methods as research methodologies. Recent years have seen increased interest in and discussion of education futures. Some of the emergent discussions include conversations around how technologies manifest themselves in our daily lives and educational experiences (Aagaard, 2018), and what may be appropriate pedagogies to equip learners for the future economy (Facer & Sandford, 2010). As Ross (2017) argues, envisioning futures also “inform[s] us about what matters now in the field, what issues and problems we have inherited and what debates define what can or cannot be currently thought about or imagined” (p. 220). Considering that the current state of education, at all levels, is situated within a context of ever-evolving social, cultural, political, and technological shifts, there is a need for networked learning scholars and practitioners to explore various ways that they can imagine and design future potentials and realities. The use of speculative methods enables researchers to ascertain and discern between probable, possible, and preferable trajectories (Bell, 2017) to offer evidence-based guidance when making current decisions related to networked learning, and to explore what may or may not be possible in their own contexts. They also give us tools for taking critical perspectives on the nature of the future itself, and how we think about and work towards particular education futures (Facer 2016). In prior iterations of this workshop (Veletsianos, Belikov, Johnson, 2019), participants appreciated being able to think creatively about the future and identify micro, meso, and macro obstacles to reaching them.

    • Dr. Jen Ross, Senior Lecturer in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh
    • Dr. George Veletsianos, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology

    Ross & Veletsianos - What’s the future like. Speculative Methods in Networked Learning.pdf


    Presentation (pdf)


    George Veletsianos'  blog (link)


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    WS6. GELO and GreX A framework and dashboard to investigate technology competency and culture

    Participation in 4 th Industrial Revolution society is increasingly dependent upon competencies related to the use of digital technologies for a wide variety of purposes. A person’s competence in the use of digital technologies has implications for a wide variety of contexts and situations, including learning in physical as well as virtual spaces, career choices and employability, digital citizenship, cultural orientations and values, and even democracy (Erstad, 2010). This workshop will provide an overview of the Global Educational Learning Observatory (GELO) project and invite participants to experience a variety of self-assessment tools accessed through the customizable dashboard, the Global Readiness Explorer (GREx). The GELO project attempts to provide a framework for an international network of institutions utilizing data-driven evidence to inform evolving best practices for online and mobile learning. To achieve this, the project (i) assembles a nucleus of formal educational institutions, (ii) constructs the necessary tools to extend research on formal learning models, and (iii) reaches into the workplace as well as other more public spaces to integrate with informal learning settings. The primary source of data derives from a customizable dashboard, the Global Readiness Explorer (GREx), and the tools that can be implemented within it. These tools are designed to give individuals, organizations, and institutions the means to construct complex profiles that can be used to identify gaps in competency attainment and development. Through small group activities, participants will examine and discuss the various tool suites in the GREx including the digital learning competency profiler (DCP); the fully online learning community survey instrument (FOLCS); the Personal Cultural Orientation Scale (PCOS) and others. In this workshop, participants will choose a self-assessment instrument to participate in and then discuss their experience with a focus on improving the GREx tool suite for global use. In addition, participants will examine the GREx for use with their students as a component of determining readiness for moving into fully online learning environments. The workshop will conclude with an explanation of the global educational learning observatory (GELO), and participants will be invited to join this global research network.

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