Informal Learning: The Revolution of Learning

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Informal Learning: The Revolution of Learning

  1. 1. Informal Learning:Revolution of Learning Khaled Islaih Diversity Trainer TESL Ontario’s 39th Annual Conference Language Learning: A focus on Success Oct 27-29, 2011 Toronto
  2. 2. Objectives “I can not teach anyone, all I can do is make them think” …….Socrates “The illiterate of 21st century will not be those who can’t read and write, but those who can’t learn, unlearn and relearn” …..Alvin Toffle “ In times of rapid change learners inherit the Earth, while learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exist”…. Eric Hofler
  3. 3. Industrial Revolution School Printing Press
  4. 4. Print Literacy Linear educational worldview Formal / structured education is the main form of learning Literacy is reading and writing text School is the place for learning Textbooks are knowledge sources Teachers lead, students follow Rationalized reductionism, hierarchy andbureaucracy Created disciplinary knowledge Doesn’t work in today complex world
  5. 5. What does Literacy mean for you?
  6. 6. From Literacy to Multiliteracies New economy demands new literacies New technologies reshape workplaces, workforce, skills, professional practices and lifestyles New literacies are continuously emerging (print literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, environmental literacy, mobile literacy…etc) Informal learning is the key to new literacies
  7. 7. What is Informal Learning?“ Learning resulting from daily life activities related to work, family or leisure. It is not structured in terms of learning objectives, learning time and learning support and typically doesn’t lead to certification”…….Centre for Workplace Skills
  8. 8. Other names for Informal Learning Action learning Experiential learning Incidental Learning Self-directed learning Disruptive learning Reflective learning Life-long learning Hands-on learning
  9. 9. Why Informal Learning? Globalization has brought life long learning as a top priority in our lives New policies increased interest in life long learning to maintain competitiveness and labour mobility The internet provides access to global knowledge Rapid change in the workplace Growing dissatisfaction with the formal education system and off –the- job training
  10. 10. Informal Learners Characteristics Initiative Love for learning Risk taking Outgoing personality Commitment to personal growth and professional development
  11. 11. What are your informal learningactivities?
  12. 12. Informal Learning in ImmigrantEducation  Immigrants use informal learning to navigate Canadian culture and workplace.  Informal learning provides immigrants with resilience and confidence  Canadian born population use informal learning to work with diverse clients and learn about other cultures  Canadians gain tolerance and appreciation for cultural diversity
  13. 13. Informal Learning for MulticulturalCommunities Discover new meaning, learn new perspectives, facilitate personal growth, problem solving, team building and conflict resolution Promoting informal learning is important for personal empowerment, social justice and cultural transformation Diversity of thought is important for business innovation
  14. 14. Informal Learning for LanguageTeachers - 1 Social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs) Google language tools ( Translate text, translate web sites, Google website in local domain…etc) Subscribe to newsletters
  15. 15. Informal Learning for LanguageTeachers- 2 Attend webinars Join professional online groups, join discussions, share your knowledge and perspectives Integrate new practices in langauge curriculum to make it relevant to and prepare learners for a changing workplaces and lifestyles
  16. 16. We – Learning: the Future ofLearning Conversational Sharing Collaborative Participatory Mobile Find new ways to flip teaching, encourage participation, sharing and collaboration among your learners bring the world into your classrooms

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