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Contemporary theories of learning – the better you understand how people learn, the better able you are to help them do so.

Enlightened and loving the Open University’s Masters in Open and Distance Education (MAODE) which is exclusively an online, e-learning experience ‘at a distance’ (the postgraduate student cohort is global) but always keen to have a book on the side to read cover to cover, take notes on, think about and share. This, I have come to understand, is largelly because I was taught (or indoctrinated) to learn this way – books, notes, essay, exam. Though never sharing – learning used to be such a secretive affair I thought. How The OU has turned me inside out – the content of my mind is yours if you want it, and where we find difference or similarity let’s bounce around some ideas to reinvent our own knowledge and improve on it.

As I read ‘Contemporary Theories of Learning’ in eBook form on an iPad I add notes electronically on the page, or reading it on a Kindle I take notes on the iPad – I even take notes on paper to write up later. I highlight. I also share choice quotes on Twitter @JJ27VV. Which in turn, aggregates the key ideas that I can then cut and paste here, with comments that others may add.

Simply sharing ideas in a way that is Web 2.0 and very 21st Century.

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