New pedagogies?

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Most new technologies, particularly handheld devices, lend themselves more to student led learning than they do to teacher led education. We need a new set of pedagogies (and we also need to know how these can be supported with theory) if we are to maximise the impact of technology on education. In my 2015 book I wrote about ' new wine ' (technology) being forced into 'old wineskins' (conservative learning spaces and ideas) and warned of the inevitable failures.

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. This third kind of space is no longer confined to a room.

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Self organised learning spaces

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I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Us and an army of similar minded volunteers who love learning, and want to share their knowledge. And that should give all of use some clues as to how to facilitate self-organising learning spaces. Yet many academics and teachers struggle with the concept of self-organised learning. Unported License.

Bear pit pedagogy

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In other words, we enable digital and physical learning spaces in which they can freely explore ideas, argue with each other (and us) over concepts and theories and in so doing, develop their reasoning and thinking skills. We encourage them to develop their own Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) so they can lock into and exploit the vast communities of practice that already exist out there in the rapidly expanding Blogosphere and Twitterverse. Unported License.

What do online educators need?

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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. I also mentioned in my last post that I had been involved in a very large school distance education project where teachers were expected to use new technologies to extend their traditional classrooms into non-traditional learning spaces across geographical distance.

Personal devices in higher education

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Here are some of my recent thoughts on learning spaces at universities, and the impact of student owned personal technologies: As the shift from location specific learning to untethered learning gathers pace, so the personal device gains increasing importance. Distributed forms of learning are burgeoning, and geographical distance between learners and their parent institutions is less of a problem. Unported License.

Teacher voices

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To me, my former students - now qualified teachers - are extraordinary, because they have entered the volatile and ever changing teaching profession as visionaries - people who want to make a significant difference in children's lives, inspiring them to learn and reach further. They achieve this through innovative pedagogies, creating great learning spaces and with a liberal dose of technology. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Jasmine's tent

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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. Unported License.

A growing divide?

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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."

6 interactive whiteboard tips

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I promised six things teachers should consider if they wish to optimise the IWB in their classrooms: Firstly, it's important that IWBs are optimally positioned within learning spaces. SMART's Learning Suite , for example, is a useful online resource that shows how educators can get the best out of their IWBs. Thirdly, teachers need time to tinker, experiment and test out new ideas and new pedagogies. Exeter: Learning Matters. Unported License.

Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

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We recorded micro-teaches - usually a 10 minute lesson - and then played back the footage to the students so they could see and hear themselves and learn from the experience. Alternative modes Today, education has expanded beyond traditional learning spaces into distance education , blended learning, flipped classrooms , mobile learning, and online delivery through technologies such as MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ). Unported License.

eXSpace exploration

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In this follow-on from one of my previous posts entitled Going to the wall , I'm going to highlight some of the features we plan to incorporate into our new experimental learning space (eXSpace) at Plymouth Institute of Education. I mentioned that among the many 'sand box' tools and technologies in the space will be a number of touch surfaces. Secondly, it will make it easier for teachers to work constructively alongside students using the same thinking and viewing space.

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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'.

Teacher Voices: Lloyd Chilcott

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I’d like to say I wanted to become a teacher because of an inspiring professional who provided me with a love for learning, or for the joy of the lightbulb moment witnessed in the eyes of an enthralled student. Just look, who wouldn't want to learn like this. Photo courtesy of Lloyd Chilcott Teacher Voices: Lloyd Chilcott by Steve Wheeler was written in Singapore and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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(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. Unported License.

Three things all teachers need

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But I was also interested in the methods the teachers had employed to help my kids learn. The first thing parents should expect from teachers is their ability to inspire children to learn. All teachers should aspire to be an inspirational catalyst for learning. Enthusiasm for learning, a passion for their subject and the ability to get kids excited about something new is vitally important in the shaping of young minds. Unported License.

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Space exploration

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The news created a small stir on social media, with several educators opining about what they thought of lecture theatres, their place in universities, technology, and teaching and learning in general. It seems that the subject of the article, the University of Northampton (one of the newest universities in the UK) has decided to do away with their traditional raked lecture theatres, and replace them with more open, flat, flexible spaces where teaching can be conducted.

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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? Unported License.

Digital capabilities and curiosity

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Here are my reflections on the learning and teaching conference held at Staffordshire University. The technology should be there to be used as an additional, enhanced aspect of learning, not as a substitute for good pedagogy. In my presentation I was also critical about the design of some learning spaces in higher education. The affordances of the spaces we create, I said, shaped the way we teach and the way students learn. Unported License.

Mind the gap!

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I have several horror stories I could tell about how asking questions in class ended up in ridicule for the child and a subsequent ''switching off'' from learning - but I won''t go down that road today. In online/digital learning environments, my own research has shown that the gap can be amplified or reduced, depending on a) the skill of the teacher b) their attitude and c) how the technology is being used. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

or not to lecture

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In my previous post I wrote that even though research shows lectures to be less than effective in helping students to learn, they still persist in higher education. Therefore, although there is great temptation for lecturers to treat 200 students as a group, they should really be trying to reach each individual student, and engage them in learning at the deepest possible level. Deeper learning often only comes about when we gain the interest of our students. Unported License.

Learning in round spaces

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Situating learning in rectangular spaces naturally promotes some forms of pedagogy at the expense of others. It is of course possible in traditional classrooms to create opportunities for learning to be driven by learners, where collaborative and cooperative learning can be facilitated, and where students can move around the room as they investigate and experiment, create and discuss. So what happens when we change the shape of the learning space?

Free e-Learning books

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/14/2010 Free e-Learning books Since I am a great fun of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. => Dunlap Learning 2.0

Content as curriculum?

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and was it really worth all those hours learning how to conjugate amo, amas, amat simply to be able to one day identify a strange fish, when all you need to do in the digital mobile age is Google it? How much do children now need to learn in school that is knowledge based? We call this type of learning declarative knowledge, because it is 'knowing that' - in other words, the learning of facts. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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. By good pedagogy. Photo by Hisham Binsuwaif on Flickr BETTing on the future by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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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. By good pedagogy. Photo by Hisham Binsuwaif on Flickr BETTing on the future by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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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.