Context, Authenticity and Learning in the Real World


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Graham Attwell
EDEN Annual Conference 2011, Dublin

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Context, Authenticity and Learning in the Real World

  1. 1. Context, Authenticity and Learning in the Real World Graham Attwell
  2. 2. the present education and training systems are unsustainable
  3. 3. 72 million: The number of children of primary school age not in school in 2005
  4. 4. Rising demand for education Source: Brandenburg, U., Carr, D., Donauer, S., Berthold, C. (2008) Analysing the Future Market – Target Countries for German HEIs , Working paper No. 107, CHE Centre for Higher Education Development , Gütersloh, German y, p. 13.
  5. 5. Lifelong learning Adult education is a permanent national necessity, an inseparable aspect of citizenship, and therefore should be both universal and lifelong. Adult Education Committee of the British Ministry of Reconstruction (1919) Lifelong learning is now a mechanism for exclusion and control. has created new and powerful inequalities. Field (2000: ix-xii)
  6. 6. Peak oil Peak Oil
  7. 7. The industrial schooling model is failing blvesboy blvesboy
  8. 8. e-learning has replicated traditional education models Photo: Stanford EdTech
  9. 9. Most e-learning is for those who already have access to education
  10. 10. More young people participate in learning than older people
  11. 11. Nearly twice as many participants in adult learning are from socio-economic category AB compared to DE
  12. 12. Managers get the most access to training Participation in training in Wales
  13. 13. We have generally failed to develop and adopt innovative pedagogies
  14. 14. Yet these are not new issues
  15. 15. Ivan Illich Universal education through schooling is not feasible. educational webs ...heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring Schools are not (as commonly perceived) a 'dependent variable' within society. They are the reproductive organ of a consumer society
  16. 16. "Education makes sense because women and men learn that through learning they can make and remake themselves, because women and men are able to take responsibility for themselves as beings capable of knowing — of knowing that they know and knowing that they don't" “ Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously students and teachers” Friere
  17. 17. Knowledge has escaped from the academy
  18. 18. “ We are being forced to reexamine what constitutes knowledge and are moving from expert developed and sanctioned knowledge to collaborative forms of knowledge construction” Dave Cormier
  19. 19. “ a rhizomatic model of learning in which a community can construct a model of education flexible enough for the way knowledge develops and changes today by producing a map of contextual knowledge.” Dave Cormier
  20. 21. for communication, for playing and for learning
  21. 22. Bricolage - (Levi Strauss)
  22. 23. creating, exploring and transversing boundary objects
  23. 24. social learning is constructed from conversations and participation within a CoP
  24. 25. From digital literacies to critical literacies giulia.forsythe
  25. 26. we are iterating towards open education
  26. 27. Open education Open Educational Resources
  27. 28. Open and linked data Open and Linked Data
  28. 29. shared knowledge in communities of practice
  29. 30. Massive Open Online Courses Massive Open Online Courses
  30. 31. PLEs and PLNs
  31. 32. Rich immersive learning environments
  32. 33. learning embedded in every day life
  33. 36. learning takes place in multiple contexts
  34. 43. We have divergent discourses about learning
  35. 44. 1. A discourse of imagination, play, exploration. sharing, multimedia
  36. 45. attainment targets, measuring 2. A discourse of targets, standards, testing and inspection
  37. 47. Thank you for watching