Research says making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student performance

This research finding should probably taken with caution until it has been replicated in other contexts — and see the comment on the original blog post about the research design. But, if the findings are backed up, the conclusions are provocative. Clipped from bps-research-digest.blogspot.com Making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student … 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

A vision of peer-to-peer learning in organisations, interview with @olliegardener and London meet-up

Here’s the intro of an extended interview I did with Olaug Nørsterud Gardener a few weeks ago. Ollie describes the thinking behind NoddlePod, her company’s first offering for making work-based learning more relevant and useful. Ollie is in London on 15 December, and we’re aiming to run a meet-up to talk more about the principles … 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

The principles & practice of home education: intvw with a parent on how she & her sons improvise their learning

Below are just a few excerpts from a lengthy interview I did with a friend of mine, whose teenage sons have been educated at home. Home education includes a range of approaches, and Annie places herself at one end of the spectrum. Quite a few thought-provoking perspectives (at least that’s how it seemed to me). … Continue reading

Three steps to making learning in organisations more social, experiential and thus effective, from @larshyland

Just the highlights and headlines below – click through for the full story Clipped from larsislearning.blogspot.com This experiential divide is beginning to create real tensions, as employees look for and find ways to circumvent sanctioned communication channels. Many of these are social tools (such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin) and the very fact that these are … Continue reading

One more intro to Communities of Practice & learning therein (3/3)

This introduction is a little heavier on the terminology, but includes a good video and a useful table (which Amplify won’t reliably paste for me) Clipped from http://www.innovativelearning.com Communities of Practice The idea of communities of practice (CoP) is that learning occurs in social contexts that emerge and evolve when people who have common goals … Continue reading