Connections and Conversations: What happens to content?

Presenter (s): 

George Siemens
Education systems are continually presented with new theories, philosophies, and suggested practices. Many arise for a few moments of fame, and then pass into obscurity – a footnote in the many failed experiments in learning. What are we to make of our current educational climate? Blogs, wikis, podcasts, co-creation, content aggregation, global conversations? These trends – now over five years in development – ride on larger trends evidenced in technology, business, and society. When our teaching and learning shift to connections and conversations, what happens to content? This session will explore the implications of the informalization of learning and education, suggesting approaches to capture the best of emerging trends, while maintaining the best of what currently exists