Tuesday, December 29, 2009
TEDx India presentation
Here is my proposed presentation:
Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries
Electronic Portfolios have been with us for almost two decades, used primarily in education to store documents and reflect on learning, provide feedback for improvement, and showcase achievements for accountability or employment. Social networks have emerged over the last five years, used by individuals and groups to store documents and share experiences, showcase accomplishments, communicate and collaborate with friends and family, and, in some cases, facilitate employment searches. The boundaries between these two processes are gradually blurring. As we consider the potential of lifelong e-portfolios, will they resemble the structured accountability systems that are currently being implemented in many higher education institutions? Or are we beginning to see lifelong interactive portfolios emerging as mash-ups in the Web 2.0 cloud, using blogs, wikis, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, etc.? There are many similarities between these two processes; the major differences are in extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation (Dan Pink's concept of autonomy, mastery, and purpose). This presentation will draw on Pink's new book, Drive, and how blurring the boundaries between social networks and e-portfolios could motivate people to adopt the portfolio processes of collection, reflection, selection/presentation, interaction, and collaboration to support lifelong learning.
I was very interested to read your blog on the links between social networks and electronic portfolios. I work for an education charity and professional body based in the UK. We accredit courses and monitor students' progress. I would be very interested to see your presentation or other materials as this is an area which is receiving a great deal of our attention at the moment. We have a lot of experience of running social networks and knowledge forums using the ning platform and we run our mentoring service on a bespoke platform. What we would now like to do is find an intelligent way of bringing the two together. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. If you could send any comments to my work email, that would be helpful. It is
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