"Curation, reflection, and contribution are all equal components within this model. Curation requires learners to evaluate information and organize it. Reflection encourages learners to unpack their learning in public spaces, such as blogs. Contribution demands that learners “give back” to both digital and face-to-face communities either through discussion or production. By engaging in all three parts of this model, educators can ensure that they adequately synthesize and consider important artifacts. This process is a far cry from simply storing and organizing “cool stuff.”
After engaging in the User Generated Learning process for almost a year, I can attest that it results in rich, social learning. I only save that which is aligned to my goals and the goals of others with whom I connect. I have fewer links, videos, and interactive sites, but I have more conversations and perspectives to consider. I’ve joined this course as a way to increase my focus on community, not content."
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
Online versions of college courses are attracting hundreds of thousands of students, millions of dollars in funding, and accolades from university administrators. Is this a fad, or is higher education about to get the overhaul it needs?
The most recent Infinite Thinking Machine episode takes a crack at defining and explaining different modes of blended learning. In short, “you mix online learning with face-to-face instruction on a regular basis.” The model — and products — teachers choose to use will depend on their instructional styles: teaching content or more open-ended styles, like project-based learning.
This episode brings up some important points: cost efficiencies, “magic bullet” solutions, and content delivery should not be the goal for using blended learning tactics. Rather, the focus should be on allowing kids to be creators of work that’s relevant to their own world — that’s what will catapult “blended learning” out of the next edu-fad and qualify it as a true change agent. Mindshift video.