How has the web enabled new theories of learning? Concise overview from @fredgarnett

This is one of a series of posts under the title “From Education to Learning; A Brief History of Open” by Fred Garnett. Here he begs to differ from what he sees as a complacent view in an interview: “I wouldn’t say there are any profound changes in the way we should be thinking about … Continue reading

Why and how learning and development must become more agile by @cliveshepherd

Clive Shepherd doesn’t use the term ‘agile’ in this pithy assessment of what’s driving change in learning and development (l&d), but all the changes he lists take us in the direction of greater agility. There’s also an interesting observation from Jay Cross in the comments: why wouldn’t you continue this way even if there wasn’t … Continue reading

Michael Wesch on the secret sauce of classroom teaching in the Web 2.0 world

Michael Wesch is perhaps best known for his YouTube videos like The Machine is Us/ing Us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g). But he’s also an innovator in teaching methods in Higher Education. Below is an excerpt of an excerpt where Wesch explains what he thinks is the secret of his success. Click through fror the full article and podcast. … Continue reading

New book on how to hack your own education & get a qualification

“Hot” off the “press” comes Anya Kamenetz’s follow-up to DIY U. Thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is a free e-book (all formats). Styled as an Edupunk’s Guide, the emphasis is on practical guidance for the individual, picking up where DIY U’s journalistic survey of the state of play left … Continue reading

Ragged Uni: free, peer-based learning

Another model of peer-based self-organised learning, based so far in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and London (though Glasgow seems the most active by some distance). In addition to the “everyone has something to teach” ethos, the Ragged University is also working on a hub of free educational resources, supported and discounted entry into formal education, plus … Continue reading

Einztein.com – online courses + social network for teachers/peers = rich learning?

We all know that learning is not just about transferring content; dialogue and relationships are key to gaining deep understanding of concepts. So stand-alone online learning resources don’t cut it. But if you took some Open Educational Resources and added some low cost teacher/peer relationships, using social networking tools, would you then have enough to … Continue reading

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

The new breed of tools for building online portfolios: MyShowcase, ZESTi, others?

Interesting to see the latest generation of tools for building online portfolios & records of achievement. (zesti.com is another I’ve been looking at — if you know of more, please post in the comments) The recognition of learning and achievements outside institutional contexts has been a challenge that seems to have resisted solutions for at … Continue reading

Interview with @stephenheppell about future schools, including his “rule of 3” (http://goo.gl/WkzlW)

Here’s an excerpt from a fairly wide-ranging interview. It’s four months old now, but I’m guessing only a minority of those passing by this site will have seen it before… The quote, “Schools are full of things that our descendants will look back on and laugh out loud at”, seems especially plausible. Clipped from http://www.fastcodesign.com … Continue reading

Dadamac learners: social, online, self-directed, habitual and lifelong (via @Pamela_McLean)

Dadamac (http://www.dadamac.net/) works in Education and Development in Africa, connecting people in the UK (and elsewhere) with their grass-roots social networks in Africa and our online community. Here Pamela McLean (@Pamela_McLean) outlines the practical characteristics of her own learning, and asks, Are you a Dadamac learner? (I’m pretty sure I am) Clipped from dadamac.posterous.com “Dadamac … Continue reading