Lifelong Learning Shift: Five Stories of Innovation


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Undertaking the lifelong learning shift is harder said than done. Here are some examples that stand out.

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Lifelong Learning Shift: Five Stories of Innovation

  1. 1. The Lifelong Learning Shift: Five Stories of Innovation P/TDEA Annual Meeting - Oct 1st, 2008, Quebec Samantha Slade
  2. 2. The Lifelong Learning Shift “ Change, rapid, all-pervasive and ensuing for many, is the basic driving force of the last years of the 20 th century, and the progenitor of the need for lifelong learning. It is not an ephemeral trend. New developments in technology will cause it to accelerate over the coming years and affect the lives of more and more people, whether or not they like it. Only a major human catastrophe can slow it down. Educational structure cannot resist its progress, they will have to accomodate it and prepare individuals for it, by themselves embracing and welcoming the new contents, methodologies and approaches.” Norman Longworth, Making Lifelong Learning Work , 1999 This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy.
  3. 3. 21 st Century Learners This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. - admit that automation, the outsourcing of jobs, increased centralization, immigration, and digital social networks are proving to have both positive and negative implications. - expect openness, options, and flexibility towards differing perspectives at school and at work. - have high expectations regarding the relevance and meaning of their learning - desire a sense of engagement in what they are doing - will not self-identify by their jobs P/TDEA Opening speech, Oct. 2007
  4. 4. Call to change, innovation, leadership... Write down an innovative initiative towards the lifelong learning shift and 21 st century learners, that has inspired you in the past ten years.
  5. 5. Five Stories of Innovation 1. Learning cities/Learning regions 2. The whole learner 3. Empowering the individual 4. The connected learner 5. Lifelong learning competence By Tanakawho,
  6. 6. 1. Learning Cities/Learning Regions Partnering and networking so educational, social and economic agencies unite their resources to address a common action: lifelong learning, social inclusion, economic growth, community development, intercultural harmony etc. Vitality – Stability – of a region By Steve Jurvetson,
  7. 7. 1. Learning Cities/Learning Regions This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. Personal portal for immigrants in the region of Laval, Quebec Supporting language learning and social and professional integration
  8. 8. 1. Learning Cities/Learning Regions
  9. 9. 2. The “Whole” Learner Education institutions are striving to “reach out” to the person who is the learner, by Integrating the learner's passions, experiences beyond the school, their origins, etc. and supporting the learner develop coherence in vision, values and actions
  10. 10. 2. The “Whole” Learner Transformation strategy: ePortfolio to link classroom learning with lived experience, La Guardia Community College (Queens, New York)‏
  11. 11. 2. The “Whole” Learner “ Analysis of five years of eportfolio use provides evidence to support the following findings: (1)‏ eportfolio can be successful in a large, urban community college with high risk students; (2) high risk students engage more deeply and effectively with eportfolios leading to measurable improvement in student learning outcomes; (3) balancing student ownership and program assessment is challenging: and (4) all-college eportfolios can be transformative.” Research Findings BE draft 10.17.06
  12. 12. 3. Empowering the individual In globalised knowledge economies, workers are less and less “affiliation” and more and more mobile: individuals needs to manage their own learning and their career development. The “system” is adjusting policies and providing the means for the individual. By Hamed saber,
  13. 13. 3. Empowering the individual ePortfolio and online coaches for all citizens to manage their professional development and careers, Netherlands (2009)‏
  14. 14. 3. Empowering the individual “ Every member of the labour force will be entitled to a digital e-portfolio, i.e. an electronic inventory of their competencies, diplomas, experience, and accreditation of prior learning (APL). This will give people a better understanding of their position on the labour market and their career prospects, and of any need they have for further training.” Towards a Future that Works , Netherlands
  15. 15. 4. The connected learner <ul><ul><li>“ At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. 4. The connected learner MOOC: Massive Open Online Course or Meta-connectivism course, University of Manitoba
  17. 17. 4. The connected learner The ability to work together well, to collaborate and contribute successfully and harmoniously to team work is the “hottest” skill in the labour market. Our world is more and more complex; working well on your own is no longer enough..
  18. 18. 5. Lifelong learning competence Competence is more than curriculum, it includes technical (field specific) competence, “essential” and work-based competence (generic) and learning to learn competence. By Laszlo Ilyes,
  19. 19. 5. Lifelong learning competence Action-based, real-life team learning towards personal projects (Team Academy, Finland, Team Factory France... )‏
  20. 20. 5. Lifelong learning competence It is about a new vision of society: creative, innovative, networked individuals who enjoy learning and are self-aware and self-directed, responsible for their personal and professional well-being.
  21. 21. In your perspective, what are the common links in these initiatives? What makes them innovative?
  22. 22. Five Stories of Innovation 1. Learning Cities/Learning Regions 2. The whole learner 3. Empowering the individual 4. The connected learner 5. Towards competency By Tanakawho,
  23. 23. Our responses <ul><li>competence through collaboration – via a portal </li></ul><ul><li>open access </li></ul><ul><li>goals are individually driven </li></ul><ul><li>breaking barriers and connecting to real life experience </li></ul><ul><li>off-track – novel approach </li></ul><ul><li>accommodate masses of people </li></ul><ul><li>risk taking </li></ul><ul><li>empowerment of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>different sources to the initiatives, network base - partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>technology – online environments </li></ul><ul><li>learning by living </li></ul><ul><li>non-age specific </li></ul><ul><li>systems thinking </li></ul><ul><li>from teacher to coach or facilitator </li></ul>
  24. 24. References <ul><li>Ron Faris, Learning Cities: Optimizing Economic and Social Well-being through Lifelong Learning for All , November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>CLI Composite Learning Index, </li></ul><ul><li>Pascal - Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions : . </li></ul><ul><li>La Guardia Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Towards a Future that Works </li></ul><ul><li>MOOC: Massive Open Online Course : </li></ul><ul><li>Team Academy and Team Factory </li></ul>
  25. 25. Thanking you! Samantha Slade email: [email_address] ePortfolio: Web site: Presentations: