Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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“Savour experiences as opportunities to learn. Reflect on your experiences. Read regularly. Learn how to read for understanding. Know how to test whether you really understand something by demonstrating that you could teach it in simple terms with a clear analogy.”
“The real argument is whether we want to develop a generation of people who have mastery of their own abilities to learn, or whether we want to perpetuate our obsession with training people to reproduce from memory what the current generation of adults thinks they should know,”
Open Badges seem to be stagnating a bit right now, two articles for context on why; Mozilla is Doing a Hack Job on Open Badges which goes through some of the history and finance / staffing issues and Why the future remains bright for Open Badges with some positive reasons why things might be looking up.
Flipped Learning: Using online video to transform learning (PDF report)
Digital technology is allowing teachers and learners to explore new approaches to traditional school lessons. The growing availability of online instructional videos creates the opportunity to move the learning of new content to outside of the classroom, freeing up class time for teachers to coach, and students to actively work on developing their own understanding.
Peer learning works because knowledge is not poured into our heads by an expert, but constructed by ourselves. We learn by tinkering with new ideas, trying them out, practicing their application, and observing ourselves in the process. All of these steps benefit from collaboration with others. Peers can give us feedback along the way, they can support us when we run low on motivation, help us when we struggle with a particularly hard problem, and they can hold up a useful mirror in which we can observe ourselves. In fact, peers might be better at doing all those things than the experts. Peers are likely to be more similar to us than the experts. They can empathize with the problems we encounter and explain solutions they found in ways that make sense to us. They are better than an expert who often can’t remember asking the (mundane) questions that we may ask.
In order to make that happen we need an open platform for digital certificates and reputation. Using the blockchain and strong cryptography, it is now possible to create a certification infrastructure that puts us in control of the full record of our achievements and accomplishments. It will allow us to share a digital degree with an employer while giving the employer complete trust that the degree was in fact issued to the person presenting it.
Learning commons are part of a growing trend to allow for class flexibility, project-based learning, media presentations and performances. Such spaces are being incorporated in schools at all levels.
A world where all young people have access to participatory, interest-driven learning that connects to educational, civic, and career opportunities.