Thursday, October 1, 2009

What could 21st century learning look like?

While I do believe effective learning can come in a variety of formats, I also believe we've moved well beyond the lifespan of the lecture as a viable option in the 21st century. But what does 21st century learning look like? How could a student engage blogs, social bookmarking, social networking, podcasting and other forms of RSS as a path towards learning?

This question is so complex and ruffles the very foundations of traditional teaching approaches that most educators shun it and, instead, continue to teach the way they've always taught. Except for Wendy Drexler who, apparently, had her students illustrate what "Networked Learning" looks like. Quite a success, I'd say. What I appreciate most, perhaps, is the end of video that also defines the role of the "21st century teacher." This video also presents a beautiful visual model for connectivism, a pedagogy I've been mostly familiar with in the discourse of online education. Of course, the inclusivity of considering connectivism as a pedagogy for all learning environments is especially delightful in the spirit of innovation.

Thank you to Diana Wakimoto for her innovative spirit and for sharing this great video with me.

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