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From Education to Learning; A Brief History of Open (2)

Last Week I asked; what have we learnt from Web-enabled Education? Has the Web begun to enable more learning-centred approaches? Have we used the affordances of new technology to improve our learning, lives and society? This was in answer to @aleksk on Untangling the Web observation who said she would focus on ‘pedagogical theories, online education enablers, novel learning techniques and approaches that the web affords’. In fact her brief article in todays Observer disappointingly focusses on university research issues, a customary mistake by academics and policy-makers. Shockingly she quotes the complacent Hamish MacLeod (who he?) at Edinburgh “I wouldn’t say there are any profound changes in the way we should be thinking about theories of learning”. I beg to differ! So let’s look a little more inclusively at what the web has afforded us for learning.

What have we learnt from Web-enabled Education; in terms of pedagogical theories, online education enablers, novel learning techniques and approaches as Aleks Krotoski asked? Well last week as I argued that in untangling the web on education’ we are only taking a fifteen-year snapshot of a 50-year process of social change. Picking out the educational consequences of the web is a small and partial view of a broader ongoing set of social processes. Primarily we can say that the web has resulted more in changes to the processes of learning than in changes to the nature of the institutions of education; the consequences of the web on those institutions are yet to be fully realised.

However in terms of pedagogy there can’t have been a richer 15-year period since (more…)

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Three Questions for ALT-C 2010; PLNs, Mobiles & Adaptivity

This post begins by referring to a pre-conference workshop on Digital Literacies and Digital Capabilities and a Symposium on Digital Literacy being held at ALT-C 2010 this week, but then opens out to ask broader questions of what we might get from ALT-C overall this year, which I will then comment on September 12th.
The workshop will focus on the recent work produced variously through JISC which has been drawn from practical learning experiences, and is particularly based on Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpe’s recent work for JISC on Digital Literacy pilots. I will add observations from the Commentary on Digital Literacies from the Technology-Enhanced Learning TLRP Programme on slideshare. You can look at and download materials for that workshop on the following Cloudworks pages: 4538 for Monday’s workshop and 4293 for the Digital Literacy Pilot materials.

This post will also try to provide some broader contextual issues and questions that I will be taking into ALT-C to guide my participation, and which I will reflect on next week after both listening to the latest developments in Digital Literacy within UK HE Institutions, and engaging with the broader range of concerns emerging from the rich and strange themes of the Conference. (more…)

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