Invited presentation for the BETT Show 2014, 22 January 2014
Traditionally, students have been taught en masse, in lectures where learning is predominantly passive and the lecturer holds control of knowledge.
With the advent of new technologies, and the move toward personalised, student owned technology, lectures are changing – not always in the way they are managed, but certainly students are gaining more control over knowledge, and becoming more proactive in their learning.
The old cognitive constructivist approach was for personalise, solo enquiry – private study and investigation (research)
Newer approaches challenge cognitive constructivism. Vygotskiian approaches incorporate social learning, and Papert advocates learning by making and building (constructionism).
We store our knowledge with our friends – connectivism – is our new ethos for learning while membership of the tribe becomes the new cultural capital.
The pathways have already crossed. In 2014 there were more mobile phone subscriptions than people on the planet. The implications of this are staggering, and we may only now be seeing the start of its influence on education.
Technology changes our relationship with knowledge.
Technology changes the way we learn – our tools become extensions of not only our abilities but also our minds.
New learners create their own environments, content and opportunities.
Digital Learning Futures: Social, Mobile and Personal Technologies
“Technology is not a silver
bullet. Simply applying technology because it’s new and shiny, or because ‘everyone else is doing it’ is almost always a mistake.” – Steve Wheeler (2015, p 7) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015
Crowdsourcing knowledge: Building your PLN
SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015 Photo by Steve Wheeler ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ collecting knowledge… by collecting people - Karen Stephenson Distributed Cognition Paragogy Heutagogy
Digital Cultural Capital – Membership
of ‘the Tribe’ “Where digital communication has fractured the tyranny of distance, and computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital”. Wheeler (2009) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015
‘New’ learners are... • more
self-directed • better equipped to capture information • more reliant on feedback from peers • more inclined to collaborate • more oriented toward being their own “nodes of production”. Education Trends | Featured News John K. Waters—13 December 2011 http://coolshots.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015
“60% of all Internet pages
contain misleading information.” - Thomas Edison Learners need ‘digital literacies’ SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015
Learners will need new ‘literacies’
• Social networking • Privacy maintenance • Identity management • Creating content • Organising content • Reusing and repurposing • Filtering and selecting • Self presention • Transliteracy http://www.mopocket.com/ SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2015