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Class Six: Anders, Ideas & Networds

Today in class we’ll spend some time talking to Anders Krohn, co-founder and CEO of ublend, one platform we’ve been using in this course to share ideas. They’re “on a mission to build a modern communication platform dedicated to education.”

Ublend was founded at the University of Oxford.
Our team has studied and taught at more than 15 universities globally. We know that communication is core to the learning experience, but that it is hard for busy instructors to manage communication in ever-growing classes when using outdated learning management systems.

Our discussion with Anders is designed as an opportunity to discover directly from the creator of the software why and how someone might build and use a learning platform like this. Because our campus uses Moodle, it will be helpful to reflect on ways that ublend and Moodle differ–consider this before our discussion!

We will also discuss our work on the Women’s march, and consider how to best encapsulate our work within the context of our semester and beyond.

Our next subject will focus on networks. How can networks act as sites for alternative modes of research? How do we engage and evaluate these sources?

Chapter 1 from Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody
“Social Has a Shape: Why Networks Matter” from Rheingold’s Net Smart
“Professional Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy” by Alison Seaman
“In Abundance: Networked Participatory Practices as Scholarship” by Bonnie Stewart


Week one (by Tuesday February 21):
NOTE: Tuesday, February 21 is a virtual class!

Be a close observer of a network that you are either unfamiliar with, or in a way that you do not typically engage. That is, don’t do what you normally do, but choose another form and/or format. Select a topic that personally interests you.

Take notes like a scientist of your observations in your process log (that is your wordpress site). This can work in the style of brainstormer, analyst, researcher and/or reflective activity.

How do theories or ideas from the readings apply to what you are observing?

Week two (by Tuesday, February 28)

Engage in your network. Post and respond as a citizen.

Take notes like a scientist of your observations about engagement.

How do theories or ideas from the readings apply to what you are doing?

For Tuesday February 28:
Final reflective post summing up your activity and your findings. This post might include screen shots, images, links, source references etc. Reflect on the two week activity, tell us what happened and demonstrate a discovery. Put your link on this ublend post.

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