May 2, 2006

Lessons from the web: Building contemporary learning communities

As a preface, anyone who begins by praising the work of Lawrence Lessig deserves some attention.
Notes from Keynote, David Porter Campus BC at TLT 2006.
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We to focus more on transforming education rather than simply improving it.
Learners take on consumer like values as they consider their education: flexibility, accessibility and choice.

Teachers:Show me things that make my job easier, show me things that make learning better
Administrators: Show me things that scale, save money
Learners: Want immediacy, interactivity, personalization, mobility

Lessons from the web generation

  • Peer to peer
  • self publishing
  • collaborative tools

The question is how to we utilize learners consumer like mindset and not overplay it in order to maximize academic goals?

  • From Push to Pull…help students to contribute back content
  • From Targeting to Connecting
  • From Reacting to Understanding…polling and listening to what people need and want

Presentation available at www.sfu.ca/~davidp/community.pdf

I was impressed overall with David’s presentation. He gets it and seems to be advocating for continued transformation in education.