Participatory culture through wikipedia

Leigh Blackall : Keynote address: Thursday : From the Navcon07 conference, Where to next? Gosford, Australia.

Leigh’s keynote covered a range of topics – all designed to show how a participatory culture is what will turn learning around – whether through wikipedia or good use of Creative Commons, or more. It was really interesting to hear Leigh talk about Otago Polytechnic, and their shift to Creative Commons for the production of all their learning materials.

Nice one! Bit different from what happens in schools now – and really worth thinking about. All part of the Open Source movement of course – but this is not yet in the discussion horizon in most schools yet. Hopefully the pieces will fall into place sometime soon.

Leigh focussed on modernism and postmodernism, and points to his notes here:

modernism and old schools

  1. A state of mind
  2. Fascism
  3. Access DETnied
  4. Memex

Postmodernism and new schools learning

  1. Deschooling Society
  2. Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  3. Groups and Networks
  4. Individualism and the best and worst of times.


  1. Loganlea State High – Jenny Shale
  2. Catholic School – Greg Whitby
  3. New American School House
  4. Youtube in school
  5. History of Social Software

Here is Leigh in a snippet about participatory culture enabling learning…..

Image: The pieces are falling into place.
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