Reach Out! Exploring the Potential of OSS for Adult Education
by Marisa Ponti, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Gothenburg on Jun 17, 2012
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I gave this talk at Västra Götalandsregionen in Göteborg on June 14, 2012. ...
I gave this talk at Västra Götalandsregionen in Göteborg on June 14, 2012.
In times when knowledge is becoming obsolete faster and faster a four years' university student enrolled for a technical degree might face that half of what has been learned during the first year will be out of date by the third year of study.
Educational settings will need to adapt to new structures and models to keep the pace. Education at large struggles to update their courses within shorter and shorter cycles or to develop new ones, with lessons still being largely given like 100 years ago. Higher education – but also continuing education – should keep an eye on the learning opportunities the web provides, especially in contexts where practical experience is considered equally or even more important than “theoretical” education at school or university.
Understanding web success cases like e.g. Open Source Software communities can help educational organizations to adapt themselves to the new realities. OSS relies on self-directed learning, and this kind of learning is increasingly important in times of rapid pace of change where most of our skills that we learn today will be obsolete within few years.
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