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 "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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