agility involves letting learners manage, direct and adapt their learning with minimum constraint
the Hole-in-the-Wall model gives us a glimpse of how robust learning can be an emergent property of small groups, with no teacher input. It also challenges the idea that learning-to-learn skills and a grounding in metacognition are a pre-requisite for organising your own learning
you need much more than content to enable a fulfilling learning experience
strong demand for learning content that learners can use flexibly to help them develop their understanding
These resources could be used simply to improve delivery of formal learning, through efficiencies of scale and the quality improvements that come with extensive peer review and contributions. Or they could reinvent it, maintaining the formal structure of tuition and accreditation, but gutting the institutions that deliver it,
How easy is it to adapt learning experiences on the fly, to adapt to changing circumstances and tap into the individual motivations that the learners bring with them?
How adept is the approach at getting learning started using the resources and tools to hand, rather than waiting until the ‘perfect’ infrastructure is complete
How resilient is the learning experience, so that if one part fails, another alternative can quickly be substituted?
I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.