Personal protocol of Jon Dron’s life session
Posted November 23, 2011on:
28 participants – 29 – 32 – 33 – 34
Jon Dron: softer is easier than harder – learning is about change
Jon’s history: long years in learning technology – 3 questions – my favorite: what does technology actually mean?
Example of screwdriver
How can a screwdriver be a learning technology?
Do people learn better with screwdrivers or without screwdrivers? – I’m learning without one!
Tt’s the way that you do it – not what you do!
How we believe that people learn, eg. if repetition is important, we can exploit it using technology
„Pedagogies are technologies“ – we „orchestrate“ learning scenarios – technology has not to be included in a machine
Soft and hard
Old technologies – assembly (Anordnung mehrerer Teile)
„Soft technologies“ – instruction designs makes use of soft technologies
„Hard technologies“: can be human-embodied too (e.g. a judge, rigid way to apply rules)
We make things hard because it is easy, it is efficient. In learning technology we often want to make things easier, more reliable, more regular, brittle (brüchig)
Soft technology is „hard“ to use, „we“ have to orchestrate the processes. Soft is incomplete, it needs people. Soft technology is flexible, a continuum
MOOCs are super soft. A learning platform as e.g. moodle is a different tool for teachers or students.
We dance between different technologies, pedagogies.
A lot of technology has poor compatibility – hard technology structure our spaces – relationship between hard and soft is uneven.
Facebook is hard, it is about making connections
Teachers are forced to use „hard technologies“ provided by the university
Getting the right balance between softness and hardness – not too hard … not too soft … just right
Assembly is the key – combine soft and hard
Adapt – to add something, e.g. to a students assessment system the possibility of some dialogue
Example of twitter – small amount of text, using hashtags, twitter embedded it into the system, it made the system softer
Loosing my internet connection – what an exasperation!
Questions / discussion
Stephen Downes: design of the MOOC = learning environment that is softer as common learning management – people think they are gone to far
How do we know wether to make „it“ softer or harder?
Jon: problem of the MOOC: it could be too soft for some and too hard for others
Jon: languages are technology to think with – we shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us
learning is best done together
My tweet in twitter: softer = more open?
jondron @jupidu soft technology is open to change but not *necessarily* in other ways
To read more: Quick overview over Jon’s ideas