Personalised learning: Adaptive vs prescriptive

A superb article about how technology is changing the way we can learn. It makes me think about classroms without walls

Half an Hour: New Technology Supporting Informal Learning.

Sample quotes:

‘to create a network that learns and thus adapts and reshapes itself based on those conversations and interactions.

we need to see the educational system itself as adaptive rather than merely prescriptive.

Software to create social networks is the logical successor to content management systems

one intent of the Connectivism course was to facilitate the transition from a neat, constrained and centralized learning management system to a distributed environment in which students and instructors employ multiple online services and applications.

Because there were so many people contributing to the course, and because the content of the course actually shifted and varied according to participation and input into the course, it was necessary to emphasize to students that their role in the course was not to attempt to assimilate all course content. This was neither possible nor desirable. Rather, students were told that their role was to select and sample course content, pursuing areas of interest, reading related material from both within and outside the course, and then to contribute their unique perspective based on this reading. (Siemens, Where does the learning occur??, 2008) Students would be evaluated, we said, not based on their retention of course material, but rather, on the basis of their contribution to the discussion, their interaction and sometimes collaboration with other participants, and their evolving capacity to work within a network to produce new knowledge in the field.

This in turn suggests a pedagogy of participation rather than retention’


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