Posted to Diigo 08/23/2011

    • “How do we create a culture of learners that thrive in the 21st century?”
    • Classroom Teachers

      1. How might I alter this assignment or project so that it “Responds” to the learner? How can the experience “Talk Back?”
      2. How might I plant barriers within the assignment that force learners to “Question” their way through — to value the “questions” not just for “answers?”
      3. How can I ban silence in my classroom, provoking “Conversation” with my assignments and projects, expecting learners to exchange ideas and knowledge?
      4. How can I make their learning worth “Investing” in? How might the outcomes of their learning be of value to themselves and to others?
      5. How am I daring my students to make the “Mistakes” that feed the learning dialog?
    • 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?

By Michael Rowe

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.