Presentation at GETS conference in Cape Town on Evolution of Education


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Presentation at GETS conference in Cape Town on Evolution of Education

  1. 1. Evolution of Modern Learning Theory & “The New World of Learning”
  2. 2. Who am I • Stand up IT trainer for 10 years. • Built one of Europe’s first and largest elearning companies - FUEL • My companies have created the strategy and developed learning solutions for 50% of the FTSE 100 • Started Fusion Universal in 2008 as a social enterprise focused on designing and delivering a digital literacy elearning program across Africa.
  3. 3. Focus of the presentation • Share my lessons and apply them to the challenges of Universal Quality Education: • - How have the world’s biggest brands evolved their recent learning theory to be more competitive and how will they evolve further? • - For my team who are designing learning for the biggest brands - how do they Learn? • - As a person who has been at the forefront of learning - how I do I learn in 2010 • - How would I want my children to learn in a classroom and beyond?
  4. 4. Technology - The biggest impact on learning theory since the tablet Traditional learning theory is dying as technology creates new ways to learn Time where current learning theory was developed and is still being taught
  5. 5. Adult learning - Starts Again The best thing that ever happened to the corporate learning industry & Universities/Colleges
  6. 6. During the recession - Businesses started analysing why errors were so often repeated - Answers were obvious .. Courses didn’t deliver what they were designed for.. Reality was - the normal way to teach was with the expectation that everything taught was remembered .. Learning Directors knew for a long time that 100% formal learning interventions were designed for failure Organisations equated ineffective learning directly with business errors for the 1st time
  7. 7. Little choice But we used to have little choice but to treat everyone with the idea that they had Elephant type memories.. Reality was that the most common way to learn was from mistakes or ask the person next to you Little choice, until recently ..
  8. 8. The rise of informal learning technology for vocational & role based skills - reduce errors by… New learning solutions are being re-defined as.. - 80% informal - 20% through formal brain friendly courses 80%
  9. 9. Before we explore - Informal learning & brain friendly learning .. Which organisation has more learners enrolled than Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge & the next 10 Universities combined ?
  10. 10. Lynda - A model for informal learning Knowledge on IT skills with focus on web design It is the most used method by my 20 million users a month designers (amongst 20 million others) but.... WHY - Why choose Lynda & not a college & what can you learn from their success ?
  11. 11. A bit about Lynda • Offers choice of 450 courses or as my staff use it, the 5 minute video they want there and then (this is the simple but revolutionary bit and this is the Informal bit) .... • $25 a month subscription for all courses • Instructors paid on Royalties for usage. • Freedom to learn my way (informal)
  12. 12. Why are 20 million people choosing Lynda instead of University or college courses ? Easy to access Effective - My needle in a haystack Affordable Duration
  13. 13. Who is Lynda ?
  14. 14. Lynda
  15. 15. • Once technology is pervasive and the learning is available in digestible chunks then the key skill becomes finding the right answer rather than knowing the right answer • Most Universities and Colleges do not create ready competent workers read but they could with a different approach..
  16. 16. Vocational learning & the Lynda approach • Once technology is pervasive and the learning is available in digestible chunks then the key skill becomes finding the right answer rather than knowing the right answer • Most Universities and Colleges do not create ready competent workers read but they could with a different approach.. • Company really wants is to accelerate learning of inductees with role specific/vocational skills • This is why the freedom of the Lynda approach and other informal learning tools are such a revelation to my staff and others
  17. 17. Informal learning by Apple ... • Want to become Mac, iPhone or Mac Application literate? then ... • 90 seconds of motivation and engagement then .... • Simple, engaging, concise 2 minute simulations • A menu to choose what I want to learn next...
  18. 18., Apple & Vodafone - Models for informal learning • I don’t have to remember the knowledge, as it is easy to get back to • Because I access it, as I need it, my practise will be in context to a real need which will help with long term retention • Knowledge is always there • Available anywhere I can connect
  19. 19. Informal learning • Learning, step by step instructions when I need it • When technology allows this to happen, learning design and effect is transformed reduce errors by… • 80% Informal (designed) • 20% formal courses (online or classroom) 80%
  20. 20. Modern learning theory is not being defined by the traditional academic community. It is being defined by the masses as they use technology to choose a different route Universities & Colleges are the slowest to adopt Corporations are faster than academics to embrace “the new world of learning” Consumers and individuals are showing us the way through their choices
  21. 21. Technology companies influence on online learning & the new learning theories that are being created because of them .. 6 billion Google searches a day. Most common way to learn & research 64 million professional Linkedin users discussing latest thinking within their global communities
  22. 22. How Do I learn in 2010 • 50% - Google replaces my “know it all friend” • 20% - I want a new skill, learning 2 to 5 minutes at a time (or until my attention goes) in concise visual walk- throughs • 10% - I want opinions and latest thinking - Linkedin forum discussions/Twitter suggestions • 10% - Books and magazines (electronic in the very near future) • Discussion, conferences and Events
  23. 23. Lynda/Apple/ITunesU have shown the way What will the future of vocational learning look like for people wanting to work in Agriculture, Banking, Health, Construction and what is the role of education ministries to be part of it? Who is going to create it ? You, me, Lynda ?
  24. 24. Accelerated Learning & Brain Friendly Learning
  25. 25. The most powerful accelerated learning technique is storytelling The fastest way to change a behaviour or an action is to change the story in your head I was really scared of heights - My story of sky-diving was ..
  26. 26. I changed the Story to .. Greatest sense of beauty and freedom I can imagine Exhilarating and exciting No experience will ever make me feel as tranquil or as free
  27. 27. Changing the Story Changes the feeling Which changes the action
  28. 28. How does this story and other accelerated learning techniques relate to elearning? 2 Examples - Secondary school - De-mystifying technology
  29. 29. Accelerated learning content on a Smart board, delivered interactively with a teacher, with their parents at an Internet cafe or in a classroom self- study.. Storytelling Motivation Internalisation Engagement Audio/Visual, Interactive Use of Mnemonics
  30. 30. Social Learning - Web 2.0 technologies designed for explicitly for learning. The next big thing in learning design Addressing the issue of teach & forget.. Time and attention the enemies of learning
  31. 31. Click Screen Capture
  32. 32. Preview or pre-record Save and Continue
  33. 33. Start the Recording
  34. 34. Automatic Transcode Available for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad
  35. 35. Add some tags for easy search
  36. 36. Available for my global community to watch (or publish to YouTube for all) to PC and 22,000 servers across the world Mobile
  37. 37. Social Learning addresses the issue of teach & forget by.. Making my best explanation available FOREVER to refresh 2 Biggest enemies of learning are time and attention - this deals with one..
  38. 38. How do Social Learning technologies like Jambok help? • Extends the teacher/professor to outside the moment • Allows students who miss a class to catchup and receive elsewhere • Students that have to leave school but want to receive on-going education could continue through Internet Cafe’s • Becoming easier & easier to create a digital primary & secondary school program for any subject
  39. 39. Conclusions & Reflections
  40. 40. How would I want my child to learn? • In a manner that maintains his attention (unlikely to be through lecture) • Through collaboration with other students and the teacher • Continued collaboration through social learning platforms to allow on-going collaboration and discussion. • Knowledge comes from the best source & explained using accelerated learning techniques • Have available self-paced digital content with brain friendly learning built in so he can continue to learn when away from the classroom
  41. 41. What does the paradigm shift in learning theory mean for Africa • Vocational learning is back on a level playing field as Universities globally are trying to understand the new world and are slow to move • Who are going to be the Lynda’s of Health, Construction, Finance .. • The cost to create this type of online learning environment for a vocational skill has massively diminished • E-learning implemented correctly is a massive aid, to assist with the issue of the gap of quality teachers needed across Africa - true ‘education for all’
  42. 42. Final thought Knowledge on how to use technology as a learning tool and which sites to go to learn from is becoming the critical 21st century learning skills... From Tablet to Tablet
  43. 43. Thank You