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20 December 2010


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You may find my Green Technology Strategies e-learning course of interest. This is run from Australia for students around the world. There is also a Canadian version by one of my former students. The notes are avialable for use with an open access licence: http://www.tomw.net.au/green/

Currently I am preparing a new e-leaning course to teach public servants about web 2.0: http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7420/

Thanks for the links Tom - really useful :)

More than 10 years ago, I wrote a paper for Newcastle City Council on their community use of the Internet entitled 'Field of Dreams' drawing on the metaphor 'if you build it they will surely come!'.
I looked at how they were buidling it, who would come and how it could be fine-tuned to meet community requirements.
I concluded by suggesting the application of the AC3 principle
which recognises that a balance needs to be struck between Access,
Connectivity, Competence and Content (AC3) when making use of Internet-based technologies
for community development and empowerment.
Access to the technology should be open to all potential users disregardless of their geophysical
location or ability. Connectivity needs to be appropriate, that is, email does not necessarily require high bandwidth but multimedia clearly does. Competence needs to be increased relative to the capacity of the community it serves to use the technology effectively. Content needs to be created by and be relevant to the communities it serves.
The similarities in this approach abd that put forward in the Educa presentation struck me and SO I posted this!

Many thanks for your comment Geoff. I'm having to take your quote out of it's original context, but just to say that what I'm proposing is entirely the opposite of 'if you build it they will come.' I think there are many good reasons for building digital locations, but there also needs to be an appreciation that many of these locations fail (and some for very good reasons, some for bad reasons) to meet the needs of users. I'm not proposing that we build anything - although understanding that discoverability and community are both issues that may necessitate the use of a particular location at some point. My proposal is that we support learning communities in developing digital literacy skills, in real world contexts, and that one of the ways in which we do that is by ensuring they have the critical and practical skills and confidences to participate in and create digital learning networks and communities. It isn't about providing communities with platforms - rather providing them with the ability to leverage and create their own spaces.

Only just read this Josie, really interesting to hear about your role. I would love to play a part in enabling and supporting learning communities once I'm teaching. Are you invloving the local PGCE courses in your vision?

Hi Jo. I'm currently working directly with Secondary and Primary schools, so I'm more likely to come into contact with NTQs than PGCE candidates in terms of my work for LCC. I am involved with partnership work with both the City Universities, and I'm currently supporting Childnet International with work they are doing producing national e-Safety/digital identity management guidance for PGCE students. Would be delighted to talk about the work I'm doing in partnership with the schools with the PCGE candidates and leads. There is a lot going on and being organised at the moment - looking forward to catching up with you and talking about it soon.

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