Learner at the Center of a Networked World

Various authors, Dave’s Educational Blog, Jun 19, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to the prefix, "This report sets forth a vision that stems from the premise that the learner needs to be at the center of novel approaches and innovative learning networks." It identifies a pervasive probllem, the "silos" that make a learner-centered system difficult to implement. Here are their recommendations (abridged):

  • Redesign learning environments to empower learners to learn any time, any place.
  • Enhance the ability of educators to support and guide learners in a networked learning environment.
  • Build an infrastructure that will connect all students in all of the places they learn.
  • Support the maximum feasible degree of interoperability across learning networks.
  • Adopt policies to incorporate digital, media and social-emotional literacies as basic skills for living and learning in the digital age.
  • Create Trusted Environments for Learning.

Well here's the good news. This is exactly what our Learning and Performance Support Systems (LPSS) program is doing here at the National Research Council. I talk more about it here. We are staffed, well into the development process, and identifying partners for projects and collaborative research.

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