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70,000 years ago we were getting something right in relation to learning and responding to circumstances and left Africa.

We have been learning in communities ever since.

Perhaps population pressures or stability permitted reading and our inexorable desire to innovate led to the printing press and more since besides. Meanwhile populations and civilizations grew and society required or permitted the development of formal learning.

For me all the learning theories are observations of human behaviour as individuals or in groups.

Open learning is if anything taking us back to learning on the fly, in more vibrant less formal communities online. A response to the necessity of educating 7 billion and solving many of the human created problems on this dot in space called Earth.

I rather think the theories come AFTER the event to philosophise over what is taking place – in a commercial and entrepreneurial world you get on with it.

Take virtual worlds – they are commercial gaming and entertainment environments which educators would like to use and as they use them explain, position and justify.

  • All I want to know is, does it work?
  • Is it affordable?
  • Is it scaleable?
  • Is it going anywhere?
  • If not ditch it snd try something else.

 

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My personal learning environment (PLE)

 

Fig.1. Learning online with the Open University – 6 Dec 2012

This has changed somewhat over 2 1/2 years I have been working towards an MA in Open and Distance Education.

  • I rarely print off.
  • I do most work on an iPad.
  • I use Google Docs not Word.
  • My blog is an e-portfolio
  • EVERYTHING is online.

Webinars are a frequent external indulgence usually with the Learning Skills Group as are industry specific e-learning and creative forums on Linkedin.

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Granularity

Granularity is best described as creating levels of data, with full control over who can see what. Stodd (2012:45)

Failing to find notes on granularity in his own blog while reading a son to be published book on social learning by a colleague – I stumbleupon this. The best way to learn, in my eBook – serendipty, vicariously, exploratority, but with a mix of familiar and new territory.

Christopher Douce

Clive Young

Morgan O’Connell

Jonathan Turner

Where, courtesy if his link to JISC I find a satisfactory answer:

Features: planning at different levels of granularity – activity, session, module, programme. customisation of terminologies to adapt to local institutional requirements. consideration of teacher time and learner time as significant parameters for learning design. updating of information in all stages after changes made in any one stage. externalising decisions made in designing through visual representations.

REFERENCE

Stodd, J (2012) Exploring the World of Social Learning

 

Virtual College and the less virtual Learning Technologies 2011

Fitting in a visit to a stand between seminars can be a mistake.

I didn’t do justice to the Virtual College. A visit I put in minutes before a seminar began because their stand was next to the seminar space.

I have to wonder if stands placed by the seminars lost ‘foot fall’ as speaking when a presentation is on because a labour.

Wearing a Learning & Development Manager’s hat I can immediately see the value in several of their online courses.

A 25 year history working in interactive, the online ‘technology enhanced,’ online or what we now call ‘e-learning’ means they have sound principles, a back catalogue of many hundreds of courses and a reputation matched by testimonials from leading organisations.

There are courses I can see that could replaced classroom based workshops, or at least, to be the ‘refresher’ course a person may do.

 

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