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Learning for Life: Preparing Learners for the Complexities of the Workplace Today and Tomorrow


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Today s learners need to be well-prepared for the complex demands of ever-fluctuating, international business environments. To help students contend with this rapid pace of change, our institutions of higher education need to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure their success. But how to achieve this when what we teach learners today can easily change and even be irrelevant tomorrow? Heutagogy provides meaningful, pedagogical guidance for navigating a shifting higher education landscape, as well as a rapidly evolving technological one. This keynote will discuss the barriers that have kept us from implementing heutagogy within higher education in the past and the more recent developments that are causing those barriers to slowly begin slipping away. We will also consider why it is necessary for higher education to adopt forms heutagogical practice in order to prepare students for lifelong learning and the web 2.0 and social media that help us do just that.

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Learning for Life: Preparing Learners for the Complexities of the Workplace Today and Tomorrow

  1. 1. LEARNING FOR LIFE:Preparing Learners for the Complexities ofthe Workplace Today and TomorrowLisa Marie BlaschkeCarl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  2. 2. HEUTAGOGY IS ABOUT… Learners at the Center ReflectingSelf- on what isdetermined learned andin learning howDeveloping Assessingcompetencies ownand developmentcapabilities and progess
  3. 3. HEUTAGOGY IS ABOUT… Non-linear Designs and Connectionscreative commonsimage from Wikipedia
  4. 4. HEUTAGOGY IS ABOUT… Instructors as Guides
  5. 5. HEUTAGOGY IS ABOUT… Institutions as Support Networks
  6. 6. BENEFITS OF HEUTAGOGY Improves critical thinking and reflection Increases learner engagement and motivation Gives learners more control over learning (learner-centered) Improves ability of learners to investigate and question ideas – and apply knowledge in practical situations Supports development of independent ideas and self- confidence Makes learners more capable and able to adapt to new environments Better prepares them for the complexities of the workforce
  7. 7. HEUTAGOGY DEFINEDHeutagogy is the study ofself-determined learning andapplies a holistic approach todeveloping learnercapabilities with the learnerserving as “the major agent intheir own learning, whichoccurs, as a result of personalexperience”(Hase & Kenyon, 2007, p.112)
  9. 9. EDUCATION TODAY "Employers say that recent graduates often dont know how to communicate effectively, and struggle with adapting, problem-solving, and making decisions”
  10. 10. INSTITUTIONAL RESISTANCE Fear of losing control of:  Certification / Assessment  Learners Influence of oversight agencies
  11. 11. INSTRUCTOR RESISTANCE Fear of losing control of:  Classroom  Learning and teaching  Learners Shift from center court to the sidelines
  12. 12. LEARNER RESISTANCE Fear of taking control of and being responsible for learning
  13. 13. BUT CHANGE IS COMING“The increasingdemand for education “An avalanche is coming” Institute for Public Policy Researchthat is customized to (2013) Reporteach student‟s unique “If you‟re a student…it is “The State University of Newneeds is driving the York‟s Board of Trustees on no longer a question ofdevelopment of new Tuesday endorsed an ambitious choosing a degreetechnologies that vision for how SUNY might use course you want to do at prior-learningprovide more learner a university…It‟s a assessment, competency-choice and control and based programs, and massive question ofallow for differentiated open online courses to help thinking…„How will I students finish their degrees ininstruction.” keep learning through my less time, for less money.” HORIZON (2013) Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of life, how do I combine a Report Higher Education, March 20, 2013 range of educational experiences not just from “Revolution hits the one university but also from a range of universities” Thomas Friedman, New York Times (January 26, 2013) universities - potentially around the world?‟” Sir Michael Barber, Times Higher Education (March 13, 2013)
  14. 14. DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY # Twitter #heuta13 Blogs Massive open online courses (MOOCs) Wikis Badges (Mozilla)
  15. 15. HOW WEB 2.0 ENABLES HEUTAGOGY Connectivity with others Wikis (Collaborate Discovery and sharing Open and create) Educational of information Resources Blogs (OER) (Create and Personal collection and (Collect and reflect) adapt) Self- adaptation of information determine (McLoughlin & Lee, 2007) MOOCs d learning Twitter (Connect, collaborate, (Discover and share) and share) LinkedIn (Connect)
  17. 17. DEVELOP LEARNER AUTONOMY Consider learners‟ level of autonomy and adjust accordingly  Learner questionnaires  Learner contracts  Learner-directed questions and discussions
  18. 18. ENCOURAGE REFLECTION Build learner skills while allowing them to determine and reflect on their learning path  Scaffolding of learning activities to create frameworks for learning/discovery  Learner-directed questions  Action research
  19. 19. LET LEARNERS CREATE AND PLAY Incorporate activities for self-reflection, self- and information- discovery, experimenta tion, and collaborative information creation  Learning journals  Collaborative group work  Communities of practice
  20. 20. BUILD SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES Support development of personal knowledge management, digital literacy, and social collaboration skills  Skill building activities  Social networking and collaboration tools
  21. 21. ALLOW LEARNERS TO DEFINE SUCCESS Assess learner achievement by negotiating the assessment process and making curriculum flexible  Formative assessment  Learning contracts  Self-assessment
  22. 22. USE OPEN LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Choose a learning environment that supports free and open learning  MOOC  Personal learning environment (PLE)  Communities of practice (CoPs) and community networks
  23. 23. CHANGE IS COMING Our approach to teaching/training needs to be learner-centered, not institution or instructor-centered. We need to give learners the freedom – and the guidance and support – to become self-determined learners. Social media tools help us do both.
  24. 24. JOIN US! Heutagogy Community of Practice:  Website:  LinkedIn: Community-Practice-4776262
  25. 25. QUESTIONS?Lisa Marie BlaschkeLisa.Blaschke@Uni-Oldenburg.deFor more information:(