Sunday, 20 June 2010

Systemic Changes in Higher Education

As we move into an increasingly globalised world, which without doubt is a result of the impact of the Internet, more powerful yet more affordable mobile devices, we will be seeing some shifts in education today. However, while some institutions are making the necessary shifts to produce graduates who can fit into the new society, others are slow in making the changes and will, one day, find themselves producing graduates who can only contribute little to developing their country's economic development.

More on this in the following article by George Siemens and Kathleen Matheos:

Monday, 14 June 2010

Learning theories anyone?

Can't find a better way to quickly get an overview of learning theories. A series of YouTube videos put together for you to learn or review.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Friday, 4 June 2010

Will learning be mobile by 2015?

Mobile devices are getting more powerful but cheaper and increasingly affordable. The only "hindrance" to the widespread adoption of mobile phones as learning tools is the lack or absence of broadband infrastructure or the somewhat high charges for 3G connection.

Nevertheless, view the following slides to see how some changes could occur.

Connectivist learning

Like many other things, learning theories have evolved with time.

Behaviorist theories have been part and parcel of learning for ever since we can remember. Then came cognitivist learning theories that highlighted the need to prepare the learner mentally so that he can cope with the learning and then given the techniques for effective storage and retrieval. Next came constructivist learning where learners need the "aha!" experience to discover new learning.

With the pervasiveness of the Internet comes "connectivist" learning. Argued by some to be a theory and others as not being one, it is how learning occurs among the millennials or the GenYs.

View the slides by Downes if you need to understand how this works.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Transformation of Education

Apple's latest products have the potential to transform education quicker than other devices. Imagine how students will use just one device to read, listen, view, create, publish, communicate, collaborate and share information related to learning. Many NextGen students will love being able to do this through a single device. What do you think?

Apple Education.

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