Posted by: Margaret Campbell | July 2, 2011

Notes on Portugal Ed-Media 2011

What would the world be like without our Twitter follows and lists? Twitter keeps my focus more global.

When I get all caught up in nation-specific issues, I forget that amazing people around the world are responding to the brewing, breaking, and ongoing storms in education. Sometimes, their take and perspective on issues is so different from what I follow in the US media. Some of these people working in older systems seem to take much longer-term views of relationships, goals, and developments than we newbies do in the US.

From June 27 to July 1, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal was the host to ED-MEDIA 2011 – World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). One of the people that I follow on Twitter is @adfig because of his consistently rich links and comments. It turns out that he is Antonio Dias de Figueiredo, a researcher on IT in Learning & Education and an emeritus professor of Information Systems at the University of Coimbra. He participated in the keynote debate: “In the next decade, digital scholarship (in open journals, blogs, and social media) will achieve the same status in academic settings as traditional scholarship.” He presented against this declaration.

@adfig does not have much confidence in the ability of mutually reinforcing elements of stable systems to adapt to or to adopt change. He is much more interested in what kind of mashups will emerge from the existing systems’ confrontations with disruptive and fluid outsiders like Open Source. I like the way this fellow thinks. I include a selection of his keynote slides, because they clarify his argument against the idea that academia will accept digital scholarship as holding the same status as traditional scholarship. Rejection/acceptance at the university level has implications for education policy at all levels.

ED-MEDIA Keynote Slide - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo - #2

ED-MEDIA Keynote Slide - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo - detail of slide #1

ED-MEDIA Keynote Slide - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo - #3

ED-MEDIA Keynote Slide - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo

What would it take to break the bonds?

Do we even have what it would take to break something so solidified?

What do we do when we are faced with a completely stable system?

Is it really possible to change the system?

What is possible?

Do we start to dissolve links between these actors?

Do we attack the links between these actors to start to weaken the system?

Or do we design, test, use completely different organisms that can out-maneuver these galumphing conglomerations?

Sometimes, isn’t this exactly what it feels like to be pouring all your energy into the altering, fixing, confronting, and editing of existing systems?

ED-MEDIA Keynote - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo - #4

ED-MEDIA Keynote - Antonio Dias de Figueiredo


  1. That’s a nice find Margaret! In the last 100 years we were a manufacturing based economy, therefore large systems tended to be more successful because they could achieve economies of scale. In the new knowledge based economy, small groups will be more successful because they will be more agile and more adaptive to rapid changes. Ironically, the school system is a manufacturing based system, not a knowledge based system.

    • Yes. Products have edges, and knowledge does not.

  2. […] Margaret Campbell – Education Stormfront – focus on Digital Scholarship […]

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