As you may be aware, I am the Senior Policy Advisor for Technology Enhanced Learning at Lifelong Learning UK. Lifelong Learning UK is the sector skills council for learning professionals across the whole lifelong learning sector. We develop professional standards and qualification frameworks and advise on career pathways and workforce development for all people working in this sector.
In my role I’m becoming increasingly interested in the impact of new technologies on the nature of learning and on our learning institutions. We very rarely have an opportunity to take a step back and consider what is happening: how are new technologies changing our behaviour? What can we do to make us more effective as learners and teachers? What will our learning institutions and teaching workforce look like in the future?
I was really inspired by a Twitter project which created a book with tips for teachers – the book downloaded here.
This book was created by asking Twitter users the world over to use the ‘hashtag’ #movemeon to share hints and tips through Twitter.
I would like to try a similar experiment. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, many people are blogging about technology for learning, people are sharing ideas on Twitter and on social networking sites. I would like to invite you to help us gather some ideas on the changing nature of learning. There are three broad areas we are interested in:
- the changing nature of pedagogy
- the changing nature of work place learning
- the changing nature of institutional learning (that is, learning that traditionally takes place in classrooms and lecture theatres)
How are the information age and the proliferation of new technologies changing the way we teach and learn?
What can be done or what is already working with regard to helping the lifelong learning workforce adapt to these changes?
You may submit thoughts, ideas, blogs and essays via Twitter using this hashtag:
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting on this blog in the comments section below.
I will collate all responses (all contributors will be acknowledged) and we will see if together we can create a publication which explores these themes and makes suggestions for the future. This project will help us to find out how truly collaborative the web can be!
Follow us on Twitter here: @ll_uk
Find out more about this experiment on the Lifelong Learning UK website: http://www.lluk.org/learning3.htm
And of course, I’ll be blogging the results of this experiment here!