Serendipity 2.0: Missing Third Places of Learning


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I’ve finally joined my audio recording of my opening keynote at EDEN Conference 2007 with my slides. The presentation was one of my best based on the feedback I got and I’m very happy about it. Thanks for everyone.

I have video of myself too, but the film is in a suitcase in an unknown location. If it is ever retrieved, I will remix this screencast with the video.

The event itself was a conference celebrating its 15th anniversary, focusing on distance education and technology enhanced learning. This year the theme was “New Learning 2.0″ with about 200 papers and presentations involving this topic. The location of the event was in Naples, Italy with over 500 delegates from all around Europe mainly from academic and educational institutions.

In my presentation I’m defining three of my concepts until now unknown to the field of distance education: seredipic learning, homo contextus and parasitic learning. I call for third places of learning running outside of the reach of formal structures. These spaces are run by self-directed connective learners (homo contextus) utilizing abilities in distributed cognition, prosthesis of thinking and parasitic approach to informal learning. Serendipity defines the accidental encounters of individuals in such third places linking the skills and wills of people through social technologies. The social noosphere (mindsphere) extends into a planetary thinking network, effectively decentralizing learning through technological extensions of mind and body. In the shadow of Marshall McLuhan, hard questions are left for reflection regarding New Learning 2.0:

  • What does it extend?
  • What does it make obsolete?
  • What is retrieved?
  • What does it reverse into, if over-extended?

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I also got Robin Good from Masternewmedia.org (he is a prime example of homo contextus) and Adrian Guzman (a student from the McLuhan Program) to explore the ideas of Marshall McLuhan a few days after my presentation in Rome. These wonderful thoughts are also available in the screencast.

I have a paper coming up that includes a lot of the ideas put forward in my presentation. I will post it here as soon as I get it out of the door.

Serendipity 2.0: Missing Third Places of Learning
By Teemu Arina (Dicole Ltd.) on 14th of June 2007 in EDEN Conference 2007, Cittá della Scienza, Naples, Italy.

  • Screencast of the presentation + comments from Robin Good and Adrian Guzman [FLASH]
  • Slides of the presentation [Slideshare][PDF]
  • Podcast of the presentation [MP3, 14MB]

UPDATE:
Robin Good has an article featuring the transcript of the answers to these tetrad questions.

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  • http://karynromeis.blogspot.com Karyn Romeis

    Thanks for this, Teemu – even better than your FOE presentation. Mind you, you had nothing like the technical hitches this time around and no hackers, either!

    I like the way you challenge established practices and thinking, and wish you could come and talk to some of the teachers of my acquaintance who see all things 2.0 as a shortcut to unmitigated vice!

  • http://learnonline.wordpress.com Leigh Blackall
  • http://brentmack.edublogs.org/ Brent MacKinnon

    I thoroughly enjoyed your slideshare presentation. It was inspiring and very thought provoking. It also helped me see the bigger picture of my own development as a practitioner. It’s exciting stuff as I stumble across new discoveries about myself, developing learning communities for my work and where I am in this new learning landscape. Thanks for your hard work. (p.s. your security codes are tough to read)

  • http://thomasja.wordpress.com Jose Antonio

    Hi Teemu,
    I have seen this presentation and just loved it. I have listened to it many times and find it quite inspiring and interesting. I do like what you say about the missing third place of learning.

    Thanks a lot for making it available.
    BTW: I am an EFL teacer in Brasília Brazil

  • dreig

    Good work. I´ll post the slide in my blog.
    Thanks.