June 25, 2012

Confess To Learn Best

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mash up ex: play White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane when scanning

Self-improvement Obsessive Disorder – or SOD – here, has got me on three web courses currently: making archive mash-ups, building wordpress themes and creating web content.

An upside of this miscalculation is that I get to compare informally three designs for learning (two combining on and offline – one just online).

We are about half-way or just over with each of them.

This is what’s occurring:

A Project Is Vital

Who has got time to learn anything in abstract these days?

On the mash-up course we discussed a possible project theme before even starting – it’s got shifted as we’ve encountered the archive available – but all six of us involved have been focussed from the outset.

We’ve got a little baby we’re making, and the goodly amount of emphasis put on this offsets any frustration we may have with more generalized learning, we do as a group.

Human being as creator isn’t always a prioritized idea in learning and education; check out Matthew Crawford, Sir Ken Robinson and Lewis Hyde to explore more.

Small Is So Very Beautiful

These courses have cost round about £300, £200 and £100.

We are six students on the most expensive and sixty odd on the least. The cost of running the first one is heavily state subsidized, includes meeting different archive experts and has two tutors to we six students. Many times over worth the extra course cost…

All these courses are running for the first time: so there’s much opportunity to get ongoing feedback for the proprietors. There are widely different approaches to this.

For instance, doncha just hate it when someone asks for feedback, you try and give it a most constructive way… then nothing’s acknowledged from the receiving end…?

Confession At The Outset

Personalization, choice, learner created content… these are all buzzwords today for anyone designing any sort of learning.

What I’ve realized recently is just how useful it is for we learners to go through much more than just the ‘What are you goals and expectations?’ opening ritual – and to really open up about where we are in our lives, and our hopes for results from what we’re about to learn.

We get to dump off anxiety which may defend us from learning, while providing opportunity for those delivering to adapt content to be truly relevant and useful.

So message is, people, take a deep breath, and ‘fess up when you embark on learning where the mechanism is there to do this. If not, maybe think again about the value of the learning to you.

Here’s a favourite learning blog: Rapid E-Learning – now go make some stuff, why don’t you…

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Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. I think Sir Ken Robinson should be mandatory study for anyone preparing to teach our children! And the stuff in his 2006 TED talk made into law.
    Dance everyone!
    Great work as always Pippa!

    Reply
    • I keep meeting very bright people who are rebellious wrigglers in workshops and who’ve never been taught by people familiar with Sir Ken…and the idea that some of us are physical learners who need action, embodiment and to use physicality when we learn…

      Thanks for dancing over here Damian – and the comment

      Reply

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