A new culture of learning

Thomas and Brown’s article Arc-of-Life Learning  describes a new culture of learning that has evolved with the development of technology .It involves a digitally networked infrastructure where learners interact, form connections and collaborate whilst accessing the huge information network on the internet whilst participating in a variety of structured social media formats or web 2.0 tools.

As an adult  learner who is participating in my second online University course in less than ten years I can say that I have experienced this learning culture. Some of it has been supported by online forums on the university sites and at other times on social media eg. Twitter. Working in an online world I have reached out through this media.  This seems a common element in the stories shared in this article.

As an educator though, I have seen the education system be slow to take advantage of these opportunities in the digital world. Students don’t always share openly, unless they have to for an assessment task. I think it takes some practice and students have to experience the positive feelings and success described for themselves.

I know that students interact in this culture of learning out of school for  personal interests eg. computer gaming and coding.We need to encourage them to create knowledge in this way for their school studies.

Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). Arc-of-Life learning. In A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change (pp. 17-33). Lexington, KY: CreateSpace.


Being a Student – new models of information

As my first post for this subject Knowledge Networking for Educators I thought I would share my response to the slides about ‘Being a Student – new models of information’. I am describing where I am at right now in what had stood out to me first up, what I need further explanation of and also topics I would like to elaborate on.

The slides that I could relate to or had meaning to me in particular were

(3) Shift Happens – The progress that humans continue to make in the use of technology is interesting and there are many positive and negative points to consider.The place of technology in learning and in schools remains a hot topic of conversation amongst educators and the wider community.

(6)The information (r)evolution – I first enrolled in this subject for first semester last year, but changed my mind and decided to just do one subject at a time. Over the last twelve months I have really become extra aware of all the interconnections between knowledge and the people that create and use it.

(10) Sharable content – learning Management System- delivery device – learner. This process of organising and sharing information has become a big focus for the educators I work with.

These slides are those that I’m seeking more explanation about

(5) Ontology? – Information can be in many places at one time is a concept I understand , but what is Ontology about?

(15) The person being the expert who can edit. I want more explanation about how to encourage my learning community to take on this challenge.

(35) Being a student today – What do I need to do to become a great student? What should I be focusing on more with my students?

Over the course of this subject I want have a chance to elaborate more about

(8) & (9) The information revolution- preservation of information and getting students to work with information

(12)PLN and PLE – How to expand them and encourage others to do the same thing

(21) Information in the cloud – cloud computing and what is it going to mean in the future

(31)The Cult of the Amateur– What should I know and be aware of ? what is the role of the amateur?

There is a lot of learning to look forward to.