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School adoption strategy for Digital Media

In a recent article Ewan McIntosh described how they got edubuzz to such a success in the UK. He describes an adoption strategy for social media in learning from a change management perspective. He shares some valuable insights that are hardly new, but often overlooked. The most important one; leaders in education should take initiative and leadership in actually using social media. In his view it is not enough to have a bottom up approach.

If I see another conference entitled “21st Century Learning”, I might weep

His 7 advices (somewhat adapted to make sense in an abbreviated format):

  1. Find your vision (an actionable one that sets you apart from other learning institutions)
  2. Avoid the pilot project (just do it!)
  3. Find your tribe (locally)
  4. Give something for nothing (and allow time to make it grow)
  5. Create a community of practice (and provide adequate support)
  6. Take local partnerships online
  7. Top down support is vital (and lead by reminding)

McIntosh’s view ties in very well with our observation that the implementation of social media still hinges on individual enthousiasts. Institution-wide adoption is scarce. It will remain so, unless leaders in education rethink their vision and strategies and lead by example.

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Stephen Downes on Social Learning

Stephen Downes just published the audio-version of our conversation.

Conversation with a group in Holland about recent developments in social learning. I focused mostly on the idea that the intent of social learning is to generate practice and experience with idea of growing or developing personal capacity (as opposed to learning as the ‘transfer’ of knowledge). We also talked quite a bit about the use of social networks and communities as a mechanism for evaluating learning. Participants were: Eline Noorberger, David Berg, Gerlinde Podt, Christine Marck-Apperloo, Jan Nieuweboer. (Keynote)

We’re off to LearningWave2010!

We are really excited! Tomorrow we will kick off our first-ever LearningWave gathering. For two days we will immerse ourselves in Technology Enhanced Learning. All participants will bring their own perspectives, making it an ideal place to learn.

We are really pleased that we may welcome four very distinguished guests:

  • Etienne Wenger, THE authority on communities of practice
  • Stephen Downes, THE authority on constructionism
  • Pløn Verhagen, Professor Emeritus on Instructional Design
  • Wilfred Rubens, THE blogger on TE-Learning in the Netherlands

In true TE-style, they will be joining us from all over the world in virtual Storytelling sessions.

Keep posted for regular updates and news!