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#ED1to1: Learning in Asynchronous Sequence

From July 15-17, a number of formal courses and informal spaces are converging around #ed1to1 to look specifically at Audrey Watters’ (25 Years Ago) The First School 1 to 1 Laptop Program, but more generally to consider how different groups of learners with different objectives and different environments can coalesce in a similar space for the purposes of knowledge growth and diffusion.  Bonnie Stewart at UPEI was kind enough to drive the organization, and Laura Gogia of VCU has incorporated it into the Twitter Journal Club, on which there is excellent writing this week at Hybrid Pedagogy.

Within Seattle Pacific’s EDTC6104 (Digital Learning Environments), this provides us multiple opportunities.  First, as the course is designed to provide students the scaffolding to create an action plan for development/use/adoption/reconsideration of a digital learning strategy, looking at the history of a topic at the forefront of K-12 conversation is a great opportunity to mix history, theory, pedagogy and criticism.  Secondly, the use of social media in an asynchronous fashion, mostly via Twitter, is a unique look at how practitioner scholarship can flourish outside traditional confines.  Third, this is an opportunity to gain insight from others who are in the middle of change initiatives or technological implementations; Bonnie has provided a Google Document for people to briefly share projects they are working on and what the pros and cons have been.  For our purposes at SPU, sharing briefly here and expanding in personal blog spaces is a great opportunity.

There are many more benefits to this sort of emergent and exploratory scholarship.  Determining who to follow in the social media landscape is difficult; a project like #ED1to1 provides some immediate focus on people who are in similar situations but different environments, creating a catalyst for topical discussion but divergent perspectives or viewpoints.  While Twitter is but a 140 character window into a person, it provides a springboard into many avenues (the resources people share, the contents people write, the memes people enjoy).  Bonnie noted in her #et4online plenary that her scholarship looks to find the *sweet spot* between Twitter as an academic space and Twitter as pictures of what people ate for lunch.  To go back to Wenger again, this is the epitome of learning as identity management — one of many social media spaces where our interactions can be diffuse and divergent.  While the crux of the class Ellen Dorr and I are teaching focuses on the development of an environmental action plan, we understand that such plans are not easily abstracted from an individual; thus, the perspectives and passions of teachers and learners is paramount in what we do, what we develop, and how we interact.

#ED1to1 will run through July 17, and participation is open to anyone who wishes to participate.  I look forward to seeing the conversation unfold!

Image: People Who Live in Wax Pyramids Don’t Throw Matches by Alan Levine (CC BY 2.0)

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