Virtual Learning Environments for management and leadership training

Learning Pool

These programs offer tailored content, one-to-one coaching, collaborative workshops, and the chance to meet and learn with your peers in the business. At Learning Pool, we’ve invested heavily in developing a virtual learning environment in Stream LXP.

Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

Recently Anne Marie blogged Location and Learning (which I have reproduced here) and she asked me whether or not I consider her central idea an example of an Informal Learning Environment (ILE). They generally have a haphazard learning experience. But placements are very rich environments with many unique opportunities to learn. The students can record their learning and their thoughts about how the ward works. Source: Location and Learning ].

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Open Learning Network vs Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

In the comments section of my previous post, Mike Caulfield kindly pointed me to the article Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network by Jonathan Mott. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). Mine is the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). In How to revamp your learning model , I propose three core components: 1. Both the OLN and ILE are modular because they comprise standalone resources or “learning objects&#.

How the 8 Effects of Arts Education Are Changing Online Pedagogy, Part 4

Kadenze

discusses the distinctive effects arts-led learning is having on online learning design. Have you also noticed the same approach is used over and over to teach about ‘learning’? From ‘learning to improve your kissing technique’ to ‘learning to train your brain to be smarter’, as though all learning involves the architecture of human cognition in the same ways. Digital Learning arts education online learning pedagogy

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

Learning with 'e's

I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Connected students can become the nodes of their own production, and are creating more content than ever before as they perform their learning for global audiences." How can you optimise the connectedness that exists to create new and dynamic learning environments, so that students learn how to be citizens of the digital universe?

Presence Pedagogy: Needs Some More Dimensions

Kapp Notes

The other day, I discovered an interesting article, Presence Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in a 3D Virtual Immersive World , which describes an educational approach for conducting a learning event in a virtual immersive environment. Flying around in VirtualU: Sense of space is important in virtual learning environments. Read more about my take (and Tony O’Driscoll’s) on the concept and value of 3D in Learning in 3D.

Great and small

E-Learning Provocateur

One pertinent example for L&D practitioners is pedagogy (formerly paedagogie ) which derives from the Hellenic words paidos for “child” and agogos for “leader” This etymology underscores our use of the word when we mean the teaching of children.

New learning environments

Learning with 'e's

Our final #EDENchat of 2015 focused on new learning environments, namely MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended learning methods. Those who participated shared their experiences of MOOCs and flipped learning both as teachers and as learners. One of the key discussion points was around the nature of these approaches and their effectiveness as learning environments. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

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?

New spaces, new pedagogies

Learning with e's

The session is entitled Innovative spaces of learning : debating their origin, nature and pedagogical significance, and is a sub section of the main RGS conference. Here's the abstract for my keynote: New Spaces, New Pedagogies: Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Education A rapid emergence of social media – the so called ‘Web 2.0’ – has opened up new opportunities for participatory learning in all sectors of education. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

How to revamp your learning model

E-Learning Provocateur

and The ILE and the FLE in harmony , I advocate the development of a virtual Informal Learning Environment (ILE) to work in tandem with the Formal Learning Environment (FLE) to support both the learning process and its administration. Informal learning. I believe in the power of informal learning. In fact, I go so far as to say it should be the central philosophy of the organisation’s learning model. Informal Learning Environment.

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Google Wave - Learning Environments - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. New Possibilities with Mobile Learning 2.0. Mobile Learning Gains Momentum. Unleashing The Power Of Social Learning. Open Source E-Learning Development 5: Media Capture - The E-Learning Curve , October 14, 2009. Live online learning – a free download - Clive on Learning , October 13, 2009. Rhizomatic Learning: What is it? Whose learning are you responsible for? Learning Environment (16).

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

If we dispense with online courses in favour of PDFs, how can we incorporate interactivity into the learning experience? Enter the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). Occupying a place on the continuum somewhere between a VLE and a PLE, an ILE is an informal learning environment that a facilitator manages on behalf of a group of learners. In this sense, the pedagogy is constructivist. In this sense, the pedagogy is connectivist.

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Making it personal

Learning with 'e's

For too long education systems have been standardising content, assessment and the learning experience. Clearly, one size does not fit all, and we need personalised learning experiences for our students if we are to prepare them for an ever changing, volatile world. Here's a short video on personalised learning I made for the D-Transform project last year in Barcelona. It will be used in a forthcoming MOOC on the subject of digital learning environments.

5 Tips to Help Struggling Students Succeed Online

CourseArc

An online learning environment can be challenging for many students — even those who have been successful in traditional learning environments. Unfamiliarity with online courses, confusion about the technologies, or being unaware of what self-directed learning entails can be huge barriers to student success in eLearning or compliance training. It is important to create an online environment that’s built for continued student success.

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How to Make Online Learning Easy for First-Time eLearners

CourseArc

Making the transition from traditional textbook learning and instructor-led classroom courses to the strange new world of online learning can be a daunting challenge – especially for first-time online learners who’ve never had to navigate a digital learning interface before. As a result, many adult or senior students who are new to distance learning perform poorly in their courses, which reduces their motivation and their likelihood of completing future lessons.

Best Practices for Online Course Design

CourseArc

Understanding who’s learning what will help you select the best presentation mode for each section. Even so, it is always advisable to include design features that allow online learners to personalize their learning environment, both for the sake of aesthetic preferences and individual learning needs. Include features in your course that continually assess students’ learning at every stage of the course.

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Digital literacies online

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm currently writing several short online courses for educators, and I've just published the second module in my online series about digital learning. And here's the link to the first online module about personal learning environments.

Supporting online learners

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform. I cover a range of themes around online learning support, and apply several well known theories to explain what is required in digital learning environments.

Integrating technology

Learning with 'e's

Image from pxfuel I'm pleased to announce the launch of module number 4 in my Digital Learning series on the new ZilLearn platform. But there are plenty of ways to adapt, and plenty of choices in how to translate your practice across to a digital environment.

Social, mobile, and personal learning futures

Learning with 'e's

Many of my public presentations have the prefix: Digital Learning Futures, because for me, the future of education and learning will be greatly influenced by digital technologies. The presentation below was for the ELI 2015 (4th international conference on e-Learning and Distance Education) event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where education and learning professionals from the entire gulf region and beyond came together to discuss the possibilities of future education scenarios.

Why online learning is better than in-person learning

Learnkit

Deviations from traditional learning models are often met with resistance, while introducing new technologies or methods often rely on systemic change. Despite challenges, online learning is making tremendous progress when it comes to infiltrating all pillars of education, from corporate learning, to higher education, to K-12 schooling. If you’re considering moving to online learning solutions, it’s important to know why. Online environments are dynamic.

Desire paths

Learning with 'e's

Image from Wikimedia Commons I have argued for a while that the success of digital learning environments such as the LMS ( Learning Management System ) is based on a fine balance. And will these be used inside or outside of the 'walled garden' of the Learning Management System?

Adult learning shminciples

E-Learning Provocateur

In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. But what exactly are adult learning principles? Malcolm Knowles is widely regarded as the father of adult learning. Since the 1960s, he articulated a distinction between pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults). Adults bring experience with them to the learning environment.

Viva la evolution

E-Learning Provocateur

As you say, a waste of resources when L&D’s expertise as learning consultants (which is what we are) can be put to better use creating those skills based activities that will test application rather than regurgitate facts and figures. Where the real learning takes place is in the analysis of the material in relation to a specific work-based problem. Last week, Laura Layton-James stumbled upon my post Online courses must die! and she left a wonderfully detailed comment.

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Learning first, technology second

Learning with 'e's

Learning should always come before technology. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. There is nothing wrong with any of these approaches, provided they don''t get in the way of good pedagogy. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching. It gets in the way of learning instead of facilitating it.

Schools and online education

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Sergey Zolkin on unsplash Many educators are now investigating how online technologies can improve, extend or enrich teaching and learning experiences. We now need to think about learning environments rather than simply 'classrooms'. Educators could teach from their own base, and work with children across the entire state, and classrooms could connect with each other so that children could learn together and collaborate in educational projects.

Online assessment: the student voice

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Jason Roswell on unsplash Online learning is becoming increasingly popular and widespread, and is now reaching into compulsory education. Teachers in schools are considering the extent to which common pedagogical methods can be adapted into online environments, or whether they need to be completely revised and reconceptualised. The most important principle of any online learning programme is involvement. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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A growing divide?

Learning with 'e's

In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. Christian claims that a new pedagogy is emerging that is directly driven by the upsurge in online activity. Christian identifies three key changes in pedagogy that I want to discuss over my next three blog posts. The first, he describes as "A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible. The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture."

Teaching and learning through dialogue

Learning with 'e's

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post entitled '' Learning as dialogue '' which was essentially about how students can learn through conversation and by discussing their ideas with each other. This theme is echoed in my new book Learning with ''e''s which was published this week. One of the lecturers in the first year of my undergraduate degree inspired me to learn more and to push myself to my limits to become more knowledgeable in my subject area. "Dr

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Why lectures?

Learning with 'e's

It seems strange that although research points to their ineffectiveness as a method of learning, lectures still figure predominantly in higher education. The first, as has been clearly articulated by Vicki Davis , is that technology should be used to support student learning and as a set of tools to encourage the creation of original/new content. It should never be used to control learning or to determine the content students to which they have access.

Power sharing

Learning with 'e's

In my last post I discussed Daniel S Christian''s three trends of an emerging pedagogy. I speculated on whether a new social divide might also emerge as a result of the new pedagogy he outlines. For the students, it would require them to assume a greater responsibility for their own learning, and becoming more pro-active in knowledge creation, and self determination of learning pathways. How willing will they be to take on a less central role in this new pedagogy ?

The big switch

Learning with 'e's

Assimilation of knowledge is supposedly a more viable proposition, because it is done in the presence of an expert, and the general delivery of content occurs outside the formal learning environment. Flipped classrooms generally take advantage of technology for off campus learning while maximising the presence of the teacher for discursive and iterative activities. After all, teachers are paid to teach, and students are there to learn, right?

Integrating technology into learning

Learning with 'e's

Using technology in the classroom and integrating technology for learning are two different things. There is an obvious difference between playing computer games as a reward for good behaviour, and playing a computer game that illustrates a key principle you want your students to learn. The impact of both experiences can be measured in learning outcomes. As soon as technology becomes a focus, learning is marginalised. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Jasmine's tent

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler There is a large, flexible learning space in Ormiston Junior College on the outskirts of Auckland. It's called a modern learning environment or MLE. All around her, noisy, messy chaos erupts as the rest of the Ormiston students busy themselves with their learning. Open, modern learning spaces are dynamic and student centred, and they offer great opportunities for creative learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Something old, something new.

Learning with 'e's

Somewhere in the middle of this tension sits the student, who is there to learn, despite sometimes being a political pawn in the game. There are signs that a new learning ecology is emerging. It rides on the back of the willingness of some maverick teachers to practise new forms of pedagogy where learning takes precedence over teaching, and where being a content expert is less important than being a co-learner with one''s students. ''I

Passing of the year

Learning with 'e's

The former was the man behind a number of recent developments in educational practice, including scaffolding and the spiral curriculum, the latter was well known for his work around Constructionism (learning through making) and the development of one of the first educational coding tools - LOGO. Salomon, an educational psychologist from Israel, was interested in studying the effects of technology on cognition and learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

What is learner autonomy?

Docebo

Learner autonomy can enhance a learning strategy and act as a driver of learner engagement. With an autonomous learning approach , autonomous learners are often better prepared for their job function and life in general. Motivation to learn is an intrinsic value, with a personal payoff.

New wine, new wineskins

Learning with 'e's

Today we are facing this challenge in education, across all the sectors of learning and teaching. The rapid influx of new technologies into formal learning environments has created a large amount of disruption to old practices, and it has created a fair amount of stress for those practitioners who have become comfortable with old practices. For example, if new technology is used in the same way as old technology, the pedagogy ''wineskin'' is likely to break.

Digital age learning

Learning with 'e's

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'.