Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a modern approach to learning–Modern, Self-Directed, and Social.
These broad categories are then broken up into four principles per category. Each principle is then described by its Reality (its function) and Opportunity (the result of that function). Honestly, these two categories are a bit confusing–or at least the distinction between some of the entries are (the ability to participate and enables modern learners to participate, for example).
Overall, though, defining ‘modern learning’ through inquiry, self-direction, and connectivity is at the core of what we preach here at TeachThought. Let’s take a look at what it’s saying by exploring the first category, Modern Inquiry Learning.
Ramírez Martinell, Alberto; Casillas Alvarado, Miguel Angel. “Háblame de TIC: Tecnología Digital en Educación Superior“. Córdoba : Brujas, 2014. Texto completo “Háblame de TIC” (@hablamedetic) es un proyecto de divulgación de resultados de investigación académica y de proyectos de incidencia social, en donde las Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (TIC) son empleadas creativamente para aportar…
The future is not a fixed point. It is ours to create. This forecast previews five disruptions that will reshape learning over the next decade. Responding to them with creativity rather than fear will be critical to preparing all learners for an uncertain future.
An explosion of innovation has been transforming how we think about learning and how we organize talent and resources for learning experiences and has effectively unbundled “school” as we knew it. The tightly bound relationships and resource flows that used to deliver instruction, develop curriculum, perform ssessment, grant credentials, and provide professional evelopment are dissolving. Teaching and learning have become uncoupled from traditional educational institutions and are now available through and enhanced by a vibrant learning ecosystem.
Across industries and institutions, the digital explosion has caused a similar breakdown of traditional assumptions, models, and relationships. It has also created unexpected possibilities for those willing to experiment with the novel recombination of resources, talent, and technology. For example, cities struggling to do more with less have been reorganizing to systematically take advantage of citizen contributions. Publishers faced with declining revenue models have been restructuring to leverage tablet computing and social media applications. U.S. board-certified doctors have been reorganizing resources so as to be available to patients 24/7 via mobile communications and video conferencing in order to improve access to healthcare.
Knowledge-based industries such as education continue to confro
nt the most significant disruptions and also to find the greatest opportunities for recombination. In keeping with that trend, the next decade promises to bring extensive recombination to education. As new education innovations, organizations, resources and relationships proliferate, we have the opportunity to put the pieces — some long-established and some new — together in new sequences to create a diverse and evolving learning ecosystem. Just as genetic recombination increases diversity by producing new forms of DNA, so too education recombination promises to bolster the learning ecosystem’s resilience, helping it withstand threats and make use of possibilities.
At its best, recombinant education will discover diverse organizational forms and learning formats that find many ways to integrate talent, community assets, and global resources in support of student-centered learning. New ways of reassembling what seem like disparate pieces —and of incorporating new kinds of inputs— have the potential to usher in a world of learning that provides rich personalization for every learner throughout a lifetime.
Of course, less promising alternatives are also possible. If we do not effectively engage in ongoing education recombination, we risk letting the disruptions of the coming decade perpetuate inequities for learners, undermine the learning ecosystem’s capacity to adapt, and narrow the impact of education innovations by keeping them largely uncoordinated, opportunistic, and fragmented. The choice is ours to make, and the future ours to shape. What will be the future of learning in your organization, community, or region?
This is an interesting if somewhat high level discussion by the Vice-Provost for Learning Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, of the importance of networked learning as experiential learning:
the experience of building and participating within a digitally mediated network of discovery and collaboration is an increasingly necessary foundation for all other forms of experiential learning in a digital age. Moreover, the experience of building and participating within a digitally mediated network of discovery is itself a form of experiential learning, indeed a kind of metaexperiential learning that vividly and concretely teaches the experience of networks themselves.
If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog. Written in 1990, the insights contained in this book are even more relevant today when the rate of change has only accelerated – probably a reason why HBR identified this book as one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years.
A couple weeks ago, I posted a sketch note on “Why Organizations Don’t Learn?” based on an HBR article by the same title and someone ended up asking me,
The for-profit online school industry has received a great deal of attention over the past few years and the reasons have involved recruiting practices, low retention rates, and the failure to pay student loan rates.
Although business leaders may not equate excitement with the topic of instructional design, perhaps they should. Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond, a collaboration of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), explores a learning landscape rich in emerging opportunities, populated by professionals eager to create and unleash content that drives employee development and organizational performance.
A century ago, education systems and instructional design (ID) were shaped by the concepts of scientific investigation and empirical knowledge. Fifty years later, instructional systems, as well as their components and properties, were revealed in the writings of Robert Gagne, James Finn, and others (McNeil 2014). Today, instructional design is at the core of an organizational learning industry that finds itself inundated with new tools, technologies, and approaches. Many instructional design professionals seem to find this atmosphere exhilarating and challenging. “So many tools and resources allow for better design and greater creativity,” explained a training and workforce development director working in state government. On the other hand, a public-sector learning program manager admitted difficulty “keeping up with the pace of technology and having the skills necessary to successfully develop for that environment.”
Instructional design appears to be retaining many traditional touches, despite the constant challenges from evolving technologies, corporate expansions taking employees’ learning needs global, and perennial struggles for funding and support. Live, instructor-led classrooms are still widely used in organizations, and other personal-touch learning methods, such as face-to-face coaching and mentoring, continue to produce effective results.
But ATD and i4cp found that instructional designers don’t rate their profession’s overall efforts as highly as they might. Only about half of surveyed design and learning practitioners characterized their ID efforts as effective in helping to meet organizational business objectives. Far fewer believed that their instructional design was highly effective at addressing learning needs.
The diverse influences on instructional design today raise many interesting questions. Does formal education still play a valuable role in preparing designers for the challenges of the workplace? Are most organizations embracing high-tech options, such as mobile learning, social learning, and MOOCs? Which of the newer tools and approaches produce better learning results for companies? And what can instructional designers expect the next few years to bring?
Dedicated Learning Professionals and Educators across the globe were until recently desperately seeking for ways, methods and techniques to engage employees and students in the learning process. Surprisingly enough no one would think that games was the answer. After all, games tend to increase learners’ natural desire for competition, goal achievement, and genuine self-expression, while they also promote interactivity, have rules, a quantifiable outcome, and can be colorful, appealing, and extremely realistic.
Este artículo esta especialmente creado para todas aquellas personas que nunca dejan de mejorarse a si mismas, aprendiendo día a día y poniendo en cuestión lo que saben. Hicimos un compilado de las mejores herramientas y cursos online. Estas permitirán hacer tu vida de aprendizaje digital mucho más fácil y no depender de una universidad en especifico (recuerden que las interacciones sociales son muy importantes).
In this paper, we explore the benefits of using social media in an online educational setting, with a particular focus on the use of Facebook and Twitter by participants in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed to enable educators to learn about the Carpe Diem learning design process. We define social media as digital social tools and environments located outside of the provision of a formal university-provided Learning Management System. We use data collected via interviews and surveys with the MOOC participants as well as social media postings made by the participants throughout the MOOC to offer insights into how participants’ usage and perception of social media in their online learning experiences differed and why. We identified that, although some participants benefitted from social media by crediting it, for example, with networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities, others objected or refused to engage with social media, perceiving it as a waste of their time. We make recommendations for the usage of social media for educational purposes within MOOCs and formal digital learning environments.
Expect exclusive attention of learners when teaching?
Forget not, you’re dealing with time-pressurized, short-attentive, mobile learners. They are more interested in one-line updates, crux of the story, and the direct impact of ‘something’ in their lives. Needless to say, they demand quick, handy and easy-to-understand information delivered just-in-time on any and every device they use.
Gaining exclusive attention of learners is difficult but it is impossible. How? Here are six commandments for making online learning more effective:
In the video above, SAMR creator and ed-tech thought leader Dr. Reuben Puentedura takes a deep dive into his model, explaining the definitions and how teachers can use it to further student learning. The model is broken into four levels, explained Puentedura, each with a successively greater impact on student outcomes.
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