The time has come to finally put my pen down, metaphorically speaking, and take a moment to reflect – and I’m excited!
Early this year I put forward a proposal (which was accepted) to the Faculty of Education for a new degree – the result of extensive discussions, consultations, and research by my teaching partners, and in consultation with key advisers, around future directions in our academic programs.
Now in May I’ve completed in rapid fast time the extensive work required to develop the bones of a fantastic new degree. We have it folks – a new internationally available Master of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation) degree, commencing in 2014.
Why it matters?
Technology has significantly impacted the literature and information engagement options for learning. Students are no longer limited to learning materials available within the confines of their school, but are able to draw on almost boundless resources of multiple types and in multiple formats, on digital devices and online. They have become connected learners (Siemens, 2004) who can explore, share and create knowledge with peers in their own classroom and around the world.
Students need guidance from teachers with expertise in navigating diverse information pathways within these personal and creative learning environments, socially connected networks, and globally enriched contexts. The range of literature and information options from books to all manner of media objects, sources and devices means that students need to know how to juxtapose quality text, sound, media and social connections appropriately and in real time; and how to filter, then mix and match what they see, hear and exchange in order to build personal knowledge and understanding of the curriculum.
We understand that educators are challenged by this 21st century participatory culture and information ecology.
Our response is our new degree for commencement in 2014 that will aim to:
- provide a critical introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of information and knowledge networks, including systems of information discovery, organisation, dissemination and distribution in digital environments;
- merge key elements from the two distinctive disciplines of education and information science to leverage the affordances of digital environments for connected learning
- use information and communication technologies to research, teach and collaborate;
- provide detailed knowledge of, and participatory experiences in, the principles and practices of connected learning;
- provide opportunities to explore a range of innovative learning frameworks, including physical and virtual environments and resources;
- develop digital scholarship facilitated by online, networked and open content,
But wait! There is more, and in the next few months more and more information will become available about this new postgraduate option.
To learn a little more, and stay informed of new updates visit the the Facebook Page for our new degree. Here you’ll find basic subject details, essential announcements and updates about the development processes.
We are offering a global degree – for teachers anywhere in the world to engage with connected learning!
Take a peek at this short slideshare presentation with some content information. If you like what you see, share in your workplace and with your friends.
Siemens, T N 2004, Connectivism: A learning theory for a digital age, Creative Commons, viewed 2 September 2012, http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
Image: Sunday Abstract
- Wisdom in networks (judyoconnell.com)