“Ubiquitous learning (u-learning) utilizes smart devices to provide people the right information at the right time in the right way – it’s anytime, anywhere (literally), anyway. I like to think of it as the collaborative, informal convergence of e-learning and m-learning (mobile learning).It’s “wearable” learning with a social aspect that embeds learning in our work and/or life.”
I’ve recently signed up to explode. http://explode.elgg.org/ What a great way to connect people and to build a relevant and focused social network. You can register your areas of interests and then connect with others who share these same interests.
Technology and web 2.0 offer us new and creative ways to enable learning. Should this technology be invisible or should we learn about it in order that it becomes familiar and we can maximise it’s use?
When designing learning solutions we should focus on what technology can enable rather than the technology itself. However just as we have an understanding of training & learning methods, we need to have an understanding of the various products and tools that we (or our learners) could integrate into learning solutions.
Thinking about more familiar items; a car enables us to get from A-B, glasses enable us to see, television enables us to watch programmes we enjoy or unwind & relax. How often do we consider the technology that underpins these objects? We use these things in order to get what we need. The technology is invisible. However most of us are familiar with cars, glasses & TV, we understand how to use them and the benefits that they can give us.
‘Structure’ and ‘personalised learning’ seem to conflict. However personalised learning is a journey or exploration with purpose, within a context.
I have been working on an essay about CPD that evolved into a mixture of notes, books, social network links, thoughts and connections. The way ahead only seemed to become clearer when I put these into a structure. This structure was my own and allowed my journey and exploration about CPD to have focus and purpose.
I’ve lost my glasses and made lots of connections today, with the cooker, the front door and 2 people I didn’t know because I dialled the wrong number on my mobile. I lost my way, my normal perspective and the ability to write anything sensible on my blog.
However I gained a new perspective, everything seemed to have a misty tinge which was quite relaxing and I’m sure I had more time to think.
So, what have I learnt? That it’s good to look at things differently sometimes and everyone is much thinner than I thought!!
I recently discovered Kartoo http://www.kartoo.com/en_index.htm a search engine which presents it’s results on a map. I found it easy to make connections using this tool and the exploration that followed seemed to have more purpose. Have a go, what do you think?
Blogging provides us with the ideal tool for reviewing our learning on an on-going basis. We can log our thoughts daily and reflect on our thinking over a period of time. Comments from others could help us to refine our thinking and challenge our assumptions. This process not only helps us to develop our social network but also provides us with an on-line CPD record too. In order to be meaningful I guess we need to be honest with ourselves and prepared to share our thoughts with the world.
The University of Manitoba’s Wiki identifies a number of new skills that are required in order to cope with the abundance of information available to us and the significant changes that are happening around us based on technological developments.
These key skills include;
Recognising patterns & trends
Filtering of knowledge and extracting the important elements
Determining the value of knowledge and ensuring it’s authentic
Achieving our purpose or goal by navigating between people, technologies, repositories and ideas.
Critical & creative thinking
Building networks in order to stay current and informed
Focusing on important tasks while undergoing a deluge of information