My presentation at Online-Educa Berlin

So it went. I changed the style of my slides completely and communicated mainly with images. Thanks to Garr Raynolds for some advice. I talked about the meaning of reflection in relation to organizations and how social software could help people cope with all the changes. I stated that in education, the worst thing we can do is to hang on in best practices. Reflection creates future practices, while best practices are just past practices. It was not flawless: a half-empty room as it was the last session (although it was about 70 people or so) and I configured my timer incorrectly, ending up rushing the ending a bit. Otherwise I think I did a fairly good job, although I’ve done better recently.

Well, a lot of people asked for the slides after my talk, so here they are. I also recorded my talk and I will post it online later on.


Teemu Arina @ OEB: Blogs as Reflective Practice [PDF, 1.7MB]

The short paper I wrote for the presentation months ago has a bit different viewpoint, but still relevant:

Arina, T. (2006) “Blogs as Reflective Practice”


Mandy Schiefner has the story. It seems I can still read German. I lived two years in Germany at the age of six. Later the 13 years of learning German in school detoriated my German skills, another example of the importance of context. I think assessment is a huge problem in successful social software driven courses. The size of the group when it exceeds 100 students can easily overwhelm teacher’s capacity to cope with the ammount of information. I’m not sure if we should even try to fix the problem. Assessment might as well kill real interaction by being present. Just let go, and give yourself to the flow.

I also pointed to an idea from Stephen Downes when discussing the components of reflective practice, on information as a flow

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  • stefan

    hi teemu,
    just enjoyed your presentation in berlin. i’m working at the university and we are trying to implement ‘social software’ in the context of education.
    so your ideas an thinkings were very helpful and beside the ‘normal’ state of the art presentations… impressing slides and don’t worry about the time…

    ciao from berlin


  • Mandy Schiefner

    Hello Teemu

    thanks for your interesting presentation in Berlin and for your slides. I really enjoyed it, especially your thoughts about the human in social software.


  • paolo brunello

    Dear Teemu,
    I particularly enjoyed your presentation on the last session of the conference, both for the ideas and the style you adopted. For 2 years now I work in Burundi trying to do my best to introduce the Internet and let people understand what they can do with it for their own purposes. You certainly made me feel again near to the cutting edge by drawing some light onto the most recent global trends, like social software, boosting my curiosity.
    I have one basic question for you, which I’d liked to ask to George Siemens as well, and it refers to the relationship between social software activities and time management, also known as information overflow: how can “bloggers” keep up with their own blog and find the time to comment on others’ on a daily basis if they are not “social software professionals or researchers”? On the cognitive level, I definitely appreciated your answer: “We have to recognize patterns”, but still I find it rather insufficient from the practical point of view. I myself have a blog (in italian) for a couple of years now, but I probably do not use it “the social way”, since I publish only occasionally, as a personal journal, and the comments I get are very rare and from a small audience of close friends. I also try to follow a couple of very popular blogs, but then I almost never read comments, only the blogger’s texts: it would take too long. I barely manage to keep up with a few mailing lists I subscribed, not to mention the everyday email flow in and out.

    How do you do to keep up?