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Learning Theories for the Digital Age


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A slidedeck created for the ELESIG webinar on 9 May, 2013 hosted by Nottingham University

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Learning Theories for the Digital Age

  1. Learning Theories for theDigital AgeSteve WheelerInstitute of EducationPlymouth UniversityPhoto by Steve Wheeler
  2.“I never teachmy students.I only providethe conditionsin which theycan learn.”- Albert EinsteinSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  3. SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Behaviourism/Instructionism
  4. ‘Personal windows’ on the worldSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  5. Surface LearningDeep LearningSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Marton F and Säljö, R. (1976) On Qualitative Differences in Learning, 2: Outcomeas a function of the learners conception of the task, British Journal of EducationalPsychology 46, 115-27
  6. KnowledgeWisdomTransformationhttp://slated.orgKnowing thatKnowing howKnowing whyCognitionApplicationAnalysisEvaluationDeclarativeProceduralCriticalSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  7. DataInformationKnowledgeWisdomTransformationENGAGEMENTSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  9. PassiveObserverTransactionalParticipantPeripheralParticipantAdapted from: Karalis, T. (2010) Situated and transformative learning: exploring thepotential of critical reflection to enhance organizational knowledge, Developmentand Learning in Organizations, Vol. 24 (1), 17 - 20SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Lurking = legitimate peripheral participation?Core
  10. ‘Transformativelearning involvesexperiencing a deep,structural shift in thebasic premises ofthought, feelings, andactions.’(O’Sullivan, 2003) MerizowSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Merizow, J. (1991) Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco:Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  11. Perspective transformationPsychological (changes in self concept)Convictional changes (revision of belief systems)Behavioural changes (changes in lifestyle)SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Photo by Steve WheelerMerizow, J. (1991) Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco:Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  12. PassiveObserverTransactionalParticipantPeripheralParticipantCoreGroupFullMemberAdapted from: Karalis, T. (2010) Situated and transformative learning: exploring thepotential of critical reflection to enhance organizational knowledge, Developmentand Learning in Organizations, Vol. 24 (1), 17 - 20SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013The transformation ‘event horizon’ – Kevin Burden
  13. We learn by doing (Piaget, 1950)Photo by Steve WheelerSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  14. Commenting, discussingSharing, retweeting, liking, favouritingWatching, lurking, readingCuratingCreating, repurposingThe EngagementPyramid(Adapted from Altimeter Group)SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  15. Students taking notesPhoto: Lori CullenSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  16.“I am convincedthat the bestlearning takesplace when thelearner takescharge.”– Seymour PapertSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  17. Digital Natives? (Prensky, 2001)Prensky, M. (2001) Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Part 1. On the Horizon.Emerald PublishingSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  18.“We all fall somewhere along a continuum betweenDigital Visitor and Digital Resident, from veryoccasional online interaction, like accessing your bankaccount, to the evolution of a complex online presencethrough a variety of platforms.” – Judy Bloxham (JISC,2013)Digital Residents, Digital Visitors(White & Le Cornu, 2011)SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  19. Personal Learning NetworksPhoto by Steve WheelerSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  20. //“ ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ …is an axiomfor collecting knowledge… through collecting people”.- Karen StephensonSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Distributed LearningConnectivism
  21. as‘mind tools’ forthe engaging oflearners incritical thinking- David Jonassen‘New’ Social Constructivism
  22. Beyond my reachWhat I can learn with help(ZPD)ZPD and scaffoldingWhat I canlearn on myownTechnology and toolsKnowledgeable othersSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  23. Photo by Mark Hillary,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Twitter Wall
  24. We learn by making (Papert, 1980)Photo by Steve WheelerSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  25. LearningUsergeneratedcontentSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013Learning by making
  26. Learning2.0ToolsCollaboratingSharingVotingNetworkingUsergeneratedcontentArchitecture of participationTaggingSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
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  28. Blogging the actof writing......we arewritten.- Daniel ChandlerSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  29. “Blogging ... Is themost important formof unchoreographedpublic discourse thatwe have.”- Lawrence Lessig“Never have somany peoplewritten so muchto be read by sofew...”- Katie HafnerSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  30. Flip the roles, not just the classroomSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  31. “Education must beginwith the solution ofthe teacher-studentcontradiction, byreconciling the polesof the contradiction sothat both aresimultaneouslyteachers andstudents.”- Paulo Freire,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  32. learn by teachingSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  33. Bearpit Pedagogy,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  34. Self organised learningFor successful self organised learning the essentialcomponents are:• Communication• Reflection• Collaboration• Community• Creative Tools• AmplificationSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  35. HeutagogyFlâneurSelf-determinedlearningHase & KenyonSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  36. Making ConnectionsIn Connectivism, learning involves creatingconnections and developing a network. It isa theory for the digital age drawing uponchaos, emergent properties, and selforganised learning.(It’s not what you know, but who you know)Source: Wikipediahttp://www.pestproducts.comSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  37. RhizomesDeleuze &GuattariAnarchy of the WebSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2013
  38. Rhizomatic learningSource: Cormier, D. (2008)©SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2008“In the rhizomatic view,knowledge can only benegotiated, [and is] apersonal knowledge-creation process withmutable goals andconstantly negotiatedpremises.”
  40. “All too often we aregiving young peoplecut flowers when weshould be teachingthem to grow their ownplants.”- John W. Gardner,UniversityofPlymouth,2013