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Blended Learning in a Networked Age

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Presenter(s)
Alec Couros (University of Regina, CA)
Session Information
July 8, 2013 - 4:30pm
Institutional Level: 
Multiple
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Keynote Address
Location: 
Regency Ballroom
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Virtual Session
Abstract

The prevalence of social media & social networking tools have greatly increased over the past several years. While this has meant an enhanced toolset for educators, 'business' models inherent in these new web products threaten to reshape educational systems in ways not consistent with ideal learning environments.

Extended Abstract

The prevalence of social media & social networking tools have greatly increased over the past several years. While this has meant an enhanced toolset for educators, 'business' models inherent in these new web products threaten to reshape educational systems in ways not consistent with ideal learning environments. In this presentation, Dr. Couros will describe 'what matters' in the our new, connected environment. Couros will begin with a description of open source culture, gift economies and the shift towards social & networked learning. From these foundations, he will outline recent developments of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) especially those that are connectivist-oriented and network-based. Through sharing these developments and narratives of his own experience, Couros will share key understandings for those developing innovative blended learning design.

Lead Presenter
Alec CourosDr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity.
  
  
Notes: 

This Keynote Address is made possible by the generous support of our Coast-to-Coast Conference Media Sponsor:

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