Copenhill

Opening next year, Copenhill. Geniously, a roof made into a ski slope. can’t wait

 

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The next generation

The next generation, what are the main trends? Often generations are categorized, we talk about the y and x generation. The next is called the Millenial generation, as they were born around year 2000. I am not sure to which extent it is possible to categorize a group of people, people are people and unique each and every one.

A good presentation of what is called the Millenials are found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpE1Pa8vvI

Online learning is not that easy.

Being a student in an inline course, I have experienced the benefits of both asynchronous possibilities for learning. Something that is highly valued when trying to combine a day-job with continued education. I had to prepare for the synchronous meetings, as did the persons in my group. It gave me time to reflect, and it made the online synchronous meeting more concrete and focused.

http://www.elearners.com/online-education-resources/degrees-and-programs/synchronous-vs-asynchronous-classes/#sthash.uz7AXBLI.dpuf

At the same time the synchronous meetings allowed for us to almost get to know each other just as well as if we had been in the same class room. The software Adobe was helpful in that way, I do not think this would have been possible if we had just emailed together. It gave us commitment and facilitated alignment with course requirements. As reflected on in the theories of Wenger.

Wenger – Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept

This may be connected with the spatial dimension of connectedness as Kearney talks about. The size of the social network has to fit with the individual person. I am a person whoi works at different workplaces – I can only interact with a certain amount of people at the same time, The size of the learning group in this course therefor suited me fine. Had all attendees been in one large group, I would have lost engagement. As I kind of did during the adobe learning activities were we were many attendees. And were interactions got more formal, and not so informal. My respect to those persons in my group who were skilled in making our meetings more informal, and not just focusing on the formal stuff. Something I often forget when stressed. So how ever the learning-path is designed it is never a free-ride.

Kearney – Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective

Designing learning environments

There 1355532507_f5f8205f65_bare different benefits of  meetings: Its easier to collect opinions and ideas from people any time, anywhere. And it might give good pocibilities for  focusing the content of real-time meetings. It allow for anonymous contributions or gives posibilities to summarize team responses so all can review quickly and move on to conversation. 

http://www.elearners.com/online-education-resources/degrees-and-programs/synchronous-vs-asynchronous-classes/#sthash.uz7AXBLI.dpuf 

On the other hand I think asynchronous meetings has to be combined with synchronous meetings in order to anable dialoug were experiences are exchanged

 

Open educational practice

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What does truly openness means

  • improved equality worldwide, as potentially all will have acess to the same education? or increased inequality as the rightest contries takes a big step forward?
  • Cheaper education as no big classrooms are needed? or more expensive education as students fly in to meet from all over the world?
  • Improved possiblities for peer-teaching, and decreased need for formal “education in pedagogy”? or more confusion as no one knows what a good degree is anymore?

 

Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.

Flexible and mobile learning

Flexible and mobile learning must be the future – it fits well with a modern lifestyle were daily life blends in with working/studying. Too many peoples complains about stress, and advice is often to separate work and free time. Only work within certain hours. And not to read mails or write a paper in the evening, weekend or during holidays. The complete opposite works for me, and suits flexible learning as well, to complete mix it. To plan my life and flow alongside the opportunities that comes along, to write in the weekend, to always read my mails just before I go to bed – being flexible. I guess no solution works for all……..

 

Collaborative learning outside the class room

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This picture represent the view on learning collaboratively defined as being in the same room. Reading the work of Etienne Wenger, I start to think that we have to re-define this in relation to online-learning.

Wenger talks about

  1. engagement. When taking part in online learning it is not enough just to read what other people write. Engagement is more than one-way communication, it requires writing and communicating in a common dialoug.
  2. imagination. Being able to imagine who your co-learners are can be challenging in a on-line world were theoretically everyone could be in your class-room.
  3. alignement. Therefor alignement is needed, alignement with a context. Like the ONL-course I am participating in now.

Collaborative learning outside the class room, still requires communication, being active, imagening where one belong and being aligned with a context.

(Wenger – Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept)

 

Better stay on the right side of the road

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Trying to learn about which pictures, music and movies one can download for free from the internet. I must admit, that previous I might have used material without even thinking about whether I could. Actually it can be a bit un-respectful towards those who made the material.

 

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