[Research] Anybody out there?

Christoph Derndorfer christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 16:49:55 EST 2012


thanks a lot for sharing this link.

After a quick glance this looks like a very interesting paper, hopefully
I'll find some time over the weekend to read it in-depth.


On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM, Tabitha Roder <tabitha at tabitha.net.nz>wrote:

> Hi everyone
> Not so new, and not about a deployment exactly, but it maybe an
> interesting and different article for people to read.
> Presented at Ascilite 2010, you can find the conference proceedings here
> -  http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney10/proceedings.htm - and
> my paper here -
> http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney10/procs/Roder-concise.pdf
> Here is the abstract so you can decide if you want to read it:
> Within the theme of “Curriculum, technology and transformation for an
> unknown future” it seems appropriate to present an image of seeing and
> doing things differently that comes from outside of formal education. The
> context for this story comes from working as part of the NGO one laptop per
> child (olpc) community in New Zealand. The impact of the global olpc
> movement has been widely accepted as transformative in its mission to
> enable children’s agency in learning and participation in knowledge
> building communities. It is a vision that frames future learning within
> highly fluid and unstable spaces. In this paper the focus will be on a
> local community network that supports this project. Members of the NZ olpc
> volunteer community largely learn through informal means. Their learning
> spaces are both physical and virtual. They are spread across New Zealand
> and are connected to diverse global networks, where they can access
> “mentors” and co-learners using Web 2.0 internet based technologies.
> Using narrative inquiry (Clandinin and Connelly, 2000) we invite readers
> to draw parallels between the community of practice described, with its
> rich experiential and informal learning features, to pedagogical
> possibilities for formal tertiary settings. Roles for teachers and learners
> are examined with particular emphasis paid to the learner as maker and
> designer in both the lived physical reality and in the constructivist sense
> of meaning-making. This raises questions about the nature of knowledge and
> its relationship to pedagogy.* *In addition the recount draws attention
> to sociocultural and co-constructed dimensions, where learning is
> distributed across the community and knowledge is seen as stretched across
> the activities and members of the community (Scardemalia, 2004).
> I am on this mailing list so as I can keep up with who is doing research
> on what related to OLPC and hope that one day I can do a bit of research
> that contributes further to the research already done or being done. I am
> relatively new to research and my day job is Academic Development in a
> tertiary institution in New Zealand. I am particularly involved in Moodle
> as I am an elearning specialist. My involvement with OLPC (for those who
> choose not to read the paper) is as a volunteer tester since mid 2008.
> Kind regards
> Tabitha Roder
> eLearning specialist and olpc volunteer
> Cell +64 21 482229
> tabitha at tabitha.net.nz
> http://tabitharoder.wordpress.com/
> Winner: NZ Open Source Contributor Award 2010
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Christoph Derndorfer

volunteer, OLPC (Austria) [www.olpc.at]
editor, OLPC News [www.olpcnews.com]
contributor, TechnikBasteln [www.technikbasteln.net]

e-mail: christoph at derndorfer.eu
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