See-through learning

Learning with e's

One of the things I dislike greatly about many online learning environments is poor design. They have to spend time thinking about how to get to a discussion group, or how to save content, when their energy and time should be spent learning. Some platforms are better than others of course, but generally many institutional managed learning environments suffer from the same problem - opacity. Unported License.

The future of learning

Learning with e's

The Future of Learning View more presentations from Steve Wheeler. With the upsurge in ownership of smart mobile devices such as iPhones, Androids and Blackberries, the rapid social penetration of touchscreen computers such as iPads, and an increase in the purchase of Kindles and other e-reader devices, the future of learning is definitely smart mobile. 80 per cent or so of the learning that most of us engage in is of an informal nature. Unported License.

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Punk learning

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Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. For some time, educators have been subverting established methods and turning their backs on institutional tools and technologies such as the managed learning environment (also known as LMS or VLE). Some go as far as to argue that autodidacticism - or self-teaching - is an important part of contemporary learning. Unported License.

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Learning first, technology second

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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. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching. The technology, designed to make learning easier, actually ends up making it more difficult. It gets in the way of learning instead of facilitating it. Unported License.

#LearningIs personal

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We all learn differently. Unfortunately, most of us are products of education systems that are based on the industrial model of education which is far removed from personalised learning. It means that everyone has to try to fit in, even if the methods and environments don't meet their needs. It would be too expensive to manage a personalised education system that suited everyone's needs and preferences. The personalised learning movement continues to grow in influence.

The personal web

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Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. The authors of the Horizon Report (I cannot recommend the Horizon Report series highly enough) succinctly define the personal web as "a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it". Unported License.

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The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

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Here social media were used to connect people, enabling them to collaborate together in project work, small group learning and online discussions. The Social Web promotes collaboration Collaborative forms of learning are becoming increasingly popular methods of adult education, because they involve all students in the process of learning. One of the most popular activities on our wiki based learning programmes was called ‘goldmining’. Unported License.

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