The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

I had the opportunity to be on the final panel at #MCN2014, the Museum Computer Network annual conference in Dallas.  The panel, Centralized, Decentralized, Distributed:  Emerging Models for Online Learning in Museums, was hosted by Rosanna Flouty of NYU and panelists were Daniel Wolff of the American Museum of Natural History, Allegra Smith of the Museum of Modern Art, and Emily Lytle-Painter of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art.  Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content.  My role was as the first respondent:  I wanted to both address the models at these museums while presenting options and opportunities for them to further their missions.

I was bold.

The successes of these museums are not because they used a MOOC platform; they are in spite of using a MOOC platform.

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The Growing Pains – Reflection on #OpenEd14

A colleague who was unable to attend #opened14 this year emailed me to ask my take on the Babson survey and how it was being handled at the conference.  Her thoughts:

it appears that for a lot of folks “open ed” means open curricula or open curricular resources (texts/videos/games). if this is the case, then i’m confused by the fact that no one seems to remember we’ve been here before. back in the … early 90s? ah, I wikip’d it: 1997-8, at the beginning of Merlot and the rise (and rapid fall) of “learning objects.” there were other exchanges, even earlier, as well (e.g., Intellimation) that did not go well. are we back here again?

am i missing something. what happened to the reclaim concept? 
Excellent question, and Open Education was unable to answer it.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the growing pains of the Open movement, as so put by David Wiley, were evident throughout the conference, and the idea of consensus on definitions or movements remained elusive while discussion of tools and techniques and product had no such problem.  I do worry that Open will fall to its earlier history if our products always supersede our processes.

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Technology, Community & the Future – Reflections at SPU

On November 17, I spoke at Seattle Pacific University to a group of faculty, administrators and support staff regarding how digital learning and educational technology can support notions of community and active learning in alignment with both a liberal arts and a faith-based mission.

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Turnout was impressive, and the audience was active and engaged with the presentation, musing on the potential for student-centered learning techniques and digital platforms, as well as expressing concern about obstacles facing the state of higher education, both in terms of technological infrastructure and the unique structure of academia.  I had the pleasure of spending the entire day meeting with various members of SPU, conversations that deserve thought and reflection.  Some of those early thoughts: Continue reading Technology, Community & the Future – Reflections at SPU

The Future of Higher Education at #sputech – Further Resources

For further reading and information on our #sputech conversation Facing the Future Together:  Technology, Community & the Future of Higher Education, here are places to get started:

I will also share a more detailed summary of the presentation, directions our conversations went, and where I see the conversation heading.  I expect that up tonight or tomorrow morning.