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The Role of Technology in Learning

The design of personal mobile technologies for lifelong learning

Mike Sharples

After establishing learning theories and extrapolating the criteria necessary to support lifelong learning, Sharples observes that technology innovation is rapidly converging on these requirements. The article proposes that conversation is the basis of learning and that technology could potentially either assume the role of one of the actors in the dialogue or it may merely facilitate the conversation. For example, technology may adapt to a learner’s unique style or context by filtering and curating all the available information on a given topic or problem or technology may simply provide a virtual space in which the conversation is conducted.

This article interested me for a variety of reasons the most compelling being the view held that learning happens in conversation. Our design project seeks to continue the conversation by way of pairing young readers with more seasoned adults around the synchronous reading of an online book via a video chat. The technology in this instance serves as a conversation facilitator with rich media and real-time personal nuances.

http://j.mp/fDr7QY

 

Optimal Capacity Building: Integrating Brain-Based Learning and Educational Research into Technology-Supported Learning

In searching for a way to facilitate optimal capacity building, this article synthesizes many learning theories. Two salient ideas combine to give focus to the research. The first is Block’s finding around the superior learning one to one human tutoring holds for individuals. The second is Vygotsky’s proposition that scaffolding can assist in approaching the zone of proximal development. The ubiquity of emerging technology is the impetus for many of the statements made in this article. With ubiquity comes the opportunity to use technology as a medium to enhance the entire learning process and not just a single aspect of learning. Technology will assess, augment, adjust, and optimise educational environments to achieve optimal capacity building which is a physical change in the brain.

The brain has always fascinated me and is a main reason for my selection of this article. I find the holistic approach to education and learning very appealing and intriguing. The possibilities of ubiquitous computing seem so limitless it is almost difficult to dream up what what will happen.

http://j.mp/g3ftId

Learning is Identity Engagement

Learning via iterative and rigorous action research is transformative in nature. With the Pepperdine cadre we commit to community and to contributing collective intelligence towards the value-aligned decisions we make. Informed decisions become actions within each individual’s organization. The outcomes are analyzed and evaluated. Reflection provides greater light and knowledge about the decisions we make which feed back in to the next iteration of plan, act, evaluate, and reflect. The individual and the sphere he or she occupies are both more fully illuminated through the process. We are better able to navigate and act because we see more, more of ourselves, our identity and the relationships that govern our interactions.

Manifestations of my journey through this transformation will make occasional appearances here. Join me and enjoy the ride.

Initial Impressions of GROU.PS

GROU.PS is a free social network utility which uses Facebook Connect to leverage existing relationships to form groups and provide all the functionality they could want. Extremely intuitive and well integrated, GROU.PS allows you to customize just about anything and nails most of the usability and sociability issues raised in Jenny Preece’s book Online Communities. From polls to forums, blogs, videos, wikis and group chat this site is clearly an excellent option to build and support your community online. I especially like the ActivityRank feature which allows you to properly incentivize the most valuable activities for your group.

Take a look at the grou.ps/smartlds community. I have high hopes for sharing, learning and above all growing strong relationships there. Community seems so indispensable in an enterprise elearning support strategy!

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