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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Innovative Adult Learning Methodologies |

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.

Via Nik Peachey
Muriel Flanagan's insight:

This an excellent article that doesn't just apply to younger learners, or only learners in public schools.  It truly applies to all learners, regardless of location, age, or ability.  If we are truly honest with ourselves, there are too many of us who rarely listen to what learners want with respect to their education.  It's always good to remember that it is the learners' education, after all, that we are delivering and serving.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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Collective IQ - Doug Engelbart Institute

Collective IQ - Doug Engelbart Institute | Innovative Adult Learning Methodologies |

"In Doug Engelbart's words, Collective IQ is a measure of how well people can work on important problems and opportunities collectively – how quickly and intelligently they can anticipate or respond to a situation, leveraging their collective perception, memory, insight, planning, reasoning, foresight, and experience into applicable knowledge. Collective IQ is ultimately a measure of effectiveness. It's also a measure of how effective they are at tackling the complex, urgent problem of how to raise their Collective IQ to the highest potential, so they will be that much more effective at solving complex, urgent problems. As the rate and scale of change around the world increases exponentially, so must our collective ability to dramatically increase our Collective IQ to stay ahead of the curve and thrive."

Via Howard Rheingold
Muriel Flanagan's insight:

Engelbart's Collective IQ should resonate with all of us who are interdependant in our workflows - and that means all of us.  Individuals need to be able to work as effectively as possible with others, as that allows for leveraging the collective intelligence.  As important as individualism is, one cannot underscore the power and importance of collaborating to the most appropriate conclusion in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:15 AM

Sounds like PLTs or PLCs at work here!

Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:42 AM
Interesting concept. This is definitely relevant to collaborative research.
Jan Schwartz's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:40 AM

Not necessary about technology, but certainly about education.  Thanks to Howard Reingold for the scoop.