How you can help with an Edupunk Guide to getting accredited qualifications DIY-style

This looks like it could be a very useful extension and update of Anya Kamenetz’s DIYU book (the guide at the end of that book took too much for granted in terms of sticking with established education providers). Click through to the original post if you can help make suggestions to Anya to inform this … Continue reading

No ‘one size fits all’ model for education, #OER still only at end of the beginning (excerpts from @donaldclark)

This is a long piece by Donald Clark that touches on many subjects. I’m not attempting a summary of it all here, just excerpting the key lessons that seemed most valuable from an agile learning perspective… Clipped from donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com 10 lessons learnt at WISE in Doha This culture clash surfaced time and time again at … Continue reading

Learning innovation starts in the classroom? What if the world were the classroom? from @jaycross

This little snippet jumped out at me. Jay Cross has honed his arguments into great, pithy observations like this one. Clipped from http://www.internettime.com The whole discussion rested on Pelosi’s (and nearly everyone else’s) assumption that learning takes place in classrooms. When I managed to get the microphone, I asked whether the issue wouldn’t go away … Continue reading

Can we make a newspaper about self-organised learning?

Clipped from alchemi.co.uk I’m still digesting the eight interviews I’ve done on these pages in recent months under the Agile Learning banner. (I know, I know: if I haven’t digested them yet, how must you feel?) A few kind souls say there’s some valuable stuff in them, and a handful have even taken on the … Continue reading

Do you agree with these seven characteristics of self-managed learning – 7 S’s? via @fredgarnett

Another mnemonic (… though I’m not sure it’s good mnemonic design (a) to have 7 elements and (b) all with the same initial letter). I think some people I know would disagree with some of these characteristics — especially the points about structure. The descriptions below are just the introductions to each characteristic: click through … Continue reading

Not drivers, but openers: overview of what Curtis Bonk thinks will transform learning

I read the “sampler” of Curtis Bonk’s The World is Open (http://worldisopen.com/) on a Kindle. The ideas/words ratio seemed too low for me to consider reading the book in full. However, I like the idea that what’s changing the learning landscape is not so much a set of drivers as “openers”. These are technologies and … Continue reading

Learners’ control, creation and chaos: @gsiemens’ convictions are more interesting than what he’s left behind

George Siemens himself has focused attention on the questions he’s no longer asking about the role of technology in learning. But along the way he gives a concise summary of the convictions about what makes learning work that he’s gained from his experience. I can’t help feeling this list is more important than the list … Continue reading

If you step back, kids achieve the impossible, emergent properties are always astonishing – Sugata Mitra at ALT-C

The full transcript of Sugata Mitra’s keynote to the ALT-C conference last month will be published shortly but I took some notes to embed my own learning. I thought these might be helpful to others, as they’re easier to skim than either a full transcript or 54 minutes of video. The (or A) Future of … Continue reading

Features, benefits and questions raised by @KhanAcademy: notes on a talk by Salman Khan

Here’s a video of Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, speaking at the Good Experience Live conference in April 2010. My rough notes on the video are below, followed by some questions it raises. Background Salman Khan describes himself as a former maths geek and was also an analyst at a hedge fund. He … Continue reading