Reinventing learning spaces

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Phone charging station at Stratford Shopping Centre, London I have written extensively about education spaces, architectures for learning , and personal learning environments. I elaborated on these ideas in my recent book Learning with ''e''s like this: If the design of a space is wrong, learning can be constrained or even stifled. Teachers should be the architects of learning spaces (Wheeler, 2015, p 102).

Learning spaces of the third kind

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The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. Next came the second kind of space - rooms where people could face in more than one direction. They were able to create their own projects, learning together with the teacher acting as a facilitator. The third kind of space is still emerging. The result will be a new experimental learning space.

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Fabulous learning spaces

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I have been keenly interested in the design of learning spaces for some time. Moving through from reception into the main school, it was evident to see that open plan, flexible spaces were the key design feature, and personalised learning the norm. A central tenet of the school's curriculum delivery is that students know why they are learning something, and can then connect it to real life contexts. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

What do online educators need?

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Distance education in all its forms has been used for more than a century in education, leveraging the potential of each new technology as it emerges. Correspondence course, radio, television, video, the Web, computers and smart phones - each in turn has been harnessed to reach students for education that are traditionally outside of the traditional learning space. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Going to the wall

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In a previous post entitled Learning spaces of the third kind I outlined a project to establish an experimental learning space. It's called the eXSpace and will be a showcase for a range of new and emerging technologies, a place to study new pedagogies and a sandpit to try out new ideas and methods. The children were learning about number bonds , so the teacher organised the children around small tables into groups of four.

New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

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In recent years, education has evolved to the point where learning can take place anywhere and at any time, usually beyond the walls of the traditional learning space. New trends have emerged including blended learning , personalised learning environments ( PLEs ) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mobile learning and the flipped classroom. What are the challenges of these new learning environments?

Freedom to imagine

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Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about creativity and learning. One of his remarks is that imagination needs to emerge as creativity, as a natural process. Other constraints are the logistical problems such as lack of time or space for play, exploration and discovery that are familiar in many schools. In short, Robinson believes school is killing creativity. He will have great fun, but will he learn anything significant? Will he be creative?

Talking tech

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Whether it''s teacher technology, including wordprocessors, electronic record keeping or databases, or student technology, such as laptops, educational software or personal devices, technology should now be viewed as a set of tools that can be harnessed to extend, enhance and enrich the learning experience. The final line of Learning with ''e''s offers a clue when I say we literally hold the future of education in our hands. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

(re)Designing learning in a digital world

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(re)Designing Learning Spaces for a Digital World View more presentations from Steve Wheeler My keynote speeches to academic staff at Massey University on the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses this week were accompanied by the slides above. In the keynote presentations I tackled some contentious topics, including the issuing of challenges to a number of long standing and widely accepted theories (or beliefs) about how learning occurs.

Digital is default

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Image by Martin42 on Wikimedia Commons When I read Being Digital for the first time, way back in 1997, it slowly dawned on me that everything was about to change. The book was published in 1995, just as the Internet was beginning to invent for itself a space that previously had not existed. We pushed the boundaries of technology, culture and human relationships as we extended digital spaces for learning into virgin territory. Lessons are still being learned.

What is learning?

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I was in a meeting with a prospective PhD candidate today and the conversation inevitably led to learning. He pointed out that in his lterature reviews he had uncovered a bewildering number of different, and often opposing learning theories. He was clearly impressed if not a little phased by the huge array of concepts and ideas that theorists had developed to try to explain what it means when we learn something. That's why I want to ask the questions: What is learning?

Digital age learning

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In my Learning is learning post yesterday, I started a debate about andragogy and pedagogy. I held the position that the theory of andragogy (Malcolm Knowles) adds very little to our understanding of learning. In some ways, I argued, andragogy theory seems outmoded in the light of recent rapid developments in new teaching methods, learning resources and digital media. Heutagogy is a grand way of saying 'self directed or self determined learning'.

The architecture of learning

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So how does Learning 2.0 In order to deconstruct Learning 2.0 - Stephen Downes was the first to coin the phrase eLearning 2.0 - we first need to decide what we mean by Learning 1.0. For me, Learning 1.0 (if represents a relatively passive individual learning mode where expert generated content is pushed at the learner. Behaviourism and Cognitivism are theories that could comfortably be applied to describe the activities seen within a Learning 1.0

Drive like an Egyptian

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From the fog of dust and exhaust fumes you see people emerge, walking in the road, some actually in between the cars, and fortunately, the drivers are skillfully able to avoid them too. And then you notice that amongst all this chaos, the blaring horns, the brinkmanship as two drivers try to manoeuvre swiftly into a space that couldn''t possibly accommodate them both, and the endless revving of engines and clouds of exhaust fumes. Learning is no longer linear.

BETTing on the future

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I also chair the Faculty’s Digital Learning Futures group which is there to think about and develop new responses to the needs of education, including the integration of new and emerging technologies, and the development of new learning spaces. The currently oil rich countries now need to look to new and emerging industries that will replace fossil fuel economies, and that are more sustainable. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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BETTing on the future

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I also chair the Faculty’s Digital Learning Futures group which is there to think about and develop new responses to the needs of education, including the integration of new and emerging technologies, and the development of new learning spaces. The currently oil rich countries now need to look to new and emerging industries that will replace fossil fuel economies, and that are more sustainable. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

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Learning apps. Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality. Learning Analytics 6. Of course, you can’t look at learning in 2011 without mentioning mobile learning.

A tale of two keynotes

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Such change and disruption has been in the background of my thinking about learning technology for the past decade. I urged universities to develop new strategies that were based upon digital technologies to widen access, increase quality of provision and generally subscribe to the idea that students need no longer attend traditional lectures to achieve quality learning outcomes (Wheeler, 2004). 2007) Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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The survival of higher education (1): Changing roles

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Such change and disruption has been in the background of my thinking about learning technology for the past decade. I urged universities to develop new strategies that were based upon digital technologies to widen access, increase quality and generally subscribe to the idea that students need no longer attend traditional lectures to achieve quality learning outcomes (Wheeler, 2004). My main recommendation however, was one grounded in the technology mediated learning approach.

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63 Great eLearning Posts and Hottest Topics for November 2010

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Understanding the Tools of the Social Learning Landscape - Free as in Freedom , November 2, 2010I am with Mark Oelhert this morning in his all day workshop about the tools of the Social Learning Landscape. Are apps the future of e-learning? Principles for Effectively Designing a 3D Learning Environment. few concepts have longevity such as “how effective is technology enhanced learning when contrasted with traditional classrooms?&#. Mobile Learning.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! Live session with Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do! When he listens to game developers talk, feels like they’re in the learning prof. Everything IS about learning. Learning talks about a curriculum.

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