Re-thinking learning networks

Tim Rudd – Futurelab – UK – from the DREAM conference (Odense, Denmark)

Some of you may be familiar with Future Labs work in the UK and/or have heard Anika Small’s presentation at the education.au "What’s Changed" day in August – or listened to the podcast.

Tim, a senior researcher with futurelab,….(here’s link to the conference papers page…PDF files) shared some of his passion for changing practices in education through social software…and framed (labelled) the processes as "c"-learning – collaboration, connected (and I’ve also referred to it at c for classroom learning)..

Social software provides a learning voice & choice – authentic, relevant, situated learning. Empowerment and citizenship that builds knowledge not "reguritates" it!

Current directions Future Lab are looking into include re-imaging space and place – where does learning occur and what is that future space…particularly in the school sector.

So why are Future Lab intereseted in informal learning?
Tim presented a view of the current education system (in the UK – but could probably be applied to many other countries) as immature and inadequate …knowledge regurgitation rather than creation – with an emphasis on assessment, monitoring, control, standards..
Tightly defined curriculum and institutions creates a resticted and negative view on learner which is abstract and decontextualised knowledge.
Assessment in educational settings is about failure, focuings on what we don’t know!!

Recent missed opportunities:
Personalisation: intended to offer students more voice and choice – has been transformed to customised content delivery.
Building schools for the future: new schools – same model…. not new learning spaces for the future – no vision for the future of where education is going – just reptition of current buildings…

Thanks Tim for being another voice out there, prepared to challenge the status quo and passionately engage in projects that have potential to make a difference!

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  1. I couldn’t agree more with your post. As we uncover more and more about how people truly learn it will be interesting to see how school systems around the world shift to what is proven to work. Schools in the USA are certainly in need of exposure to the power of informal learning and methods on how to integrate it into their formal curriculum.

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