RIDE 2011 keynote: Learning the unlearnable


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Research in Distance Education 2011 conference keynote. Presentation by Professor Richard Noss (London KNowledge Lab). Much of our time as educationalists is spent considering how to enhance the teaching and learning of knowledge that has been subject only to slight change over the last century. The development of these curricula was formed by the needs of a pre-computational era, with inert technologies, and forms of representations that are - for some subjects at least - now largely obsolete. In this lecture, I will re-evaluate what becomes possible to teach and learn that was, quite simply, more or less unlearnable and unteachable before.

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    1. 1. Learning the unlearnable Richard NossLondon Knowledge Lab | Institute of Education | University of London Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme, UK www.lkl.ac.uk
    2. 2. • the computer as an object of change• the computer as an agent of change
    3. 3. • the computer as an object of change
    4. 4. new computing cultures but in education...
    5. 5. 300,000,000
    6. 6. what people learn informal education has tobe at least as powerfuland engaging as whatthey learn at home
    7. 7. • the computer as an agent of change
    8. 8. “We were seeing things that were 25-standard deviation moves,several days in a row” said GS’s chief financialofficer, 2007.
    9. 9. The expected waiting time for thisevent, 25 s.d., is 6*10124 lives of theuniverse
    10. 10. Seymour Papert
    11. 11. some ideas lookharder than they are,because of the waythey are represented
    12. 12. 2 9funding councils: Economic and Social Research thematic initiatives: early career researchers,Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences ethics, interdisciplinary, technology enhancedResearch Council research, digital literacies, digital inclusion, user modelling, artificial intelligence, productivity5years, 2007-2012 12 £million total funding5major themes: flexibility, inclusion, 30+personalisation productivity, research capacity institutions across the UKbuilding 150+8 researcherslarge projects: Echoes, Ensemble, hapTEL,Inter-Life, Learning Designer, MiGen, nQuire, 300+SynergyNet outputs: including video, commentaries, journals, conference papers, book chapters
    13. 13. Digital Literacies MUITEL taster Technology and briefing Technology Enhanced Enhanced Research Research report What’s Next report TEL Response to BIS programme outputs Education 2.0 Education 2.0 DigitalInclusion BETA Productivity AIED papers Interdisciplinarity AIED papers beta
    14. 14. Taming complexity in authentic situations The PI Project
    15. 15. Expanding what’s possible collaboratively SynergyNet
    16. 16. Making teaching more productive Haptel
    17. 17. Making teaching more productive Learning Designer
    18. 18. Affect and inclusion Echoes
    19. 19. Affect and inclusionInterLife
    20. 20. tel.ac.uk