Exploring Knowledge Media

Next week I’ll be attending a conference and a Master Class on “Knowledge Media” at Aarhus University.

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The purpose of the Knowledge Media Conference is to discuss the role of new digital media within education in the knowledge society. What are the potentials of digital media in relation to learning, knowledge sharing and knowledge construction? The conference will focus on use of digital media for learning and knowledge acquisition in both formal and informal situations. The conference includes presentations from invited keynote speakers. Further, the conference will present the results of a research project at the Centre for IT & Learning on Knowledge media, 2007-2008.

Themes

  • Education for all?
  • New learning environments: Web 2.0 and Social Software
  • Knowledge media
  • Formal and informal learning

Keynotes

  • Terry Anderson, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Friedrich Hesse, Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen, Germany
  • Lars Qvortrup, School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Jørgen Bang, Institute of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Lynne Schrum, George Mason University, USA

I’m especially interested in hearing Anderson’s talk on “Learning and Teaching beyond the Course Into Networks and Collectives”. The idea that social media, knowledge media or whatever you wish to call new digital media, slowly will dissolve our notion of courses (understood as fixed, teacher-driven activities) as a means of learning seems to gain more and more recognition and attention, and it’ll be interesting to hear Anderson’s thoughts on this in my own area (distance education) – not least since my PhD fundamentally is about course design, hmmm …

The Master Class, with Terry Anderson and Simon Heilesen (senior researcher at the Virtual Worlds Research, Roskilde University) as speakers, will also adress the potentials of digital media in relation to learning, knowledge sharing and knowledge construction. I’ll do a short presentation of Second Life as Knowledge Medium in Distance Education based on my experiences with the MIL course in the 2 research cycles so far. I think it’s a really good idea to hold the Master Class the day after the conference, because I’m quite sure many questions and ideas will come to me, so it’s nice to get an opportunity to discuss more informally.

/Mariis

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