Making The Most Of Informal Learning

Charles Jennings, David Jennings, Jane Hart, ALT, May 27, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The sound isn't the best, but it's acceptable, especially after we get past the intros from the moderators. This presentation is from Charles Jennings, David Jennings and Jane Hart on the increasing importance of informal learning, and the challenge it poses to traditional learning. Slides from the presentation are also available (here, here and here). I like the one about the chickens coming home to roost. "Do you have to have a grounding in metacognition and learning to learn skills to create your own learning? Sugata Mitra's initiatives suggest that, at least under certain conditions, you don't. Khan Academy automates the old lecture model, not interactive, low grade production values. It's like a bumble bee that the laws of aerodynamics say shouldn't be able to fly? But it does. [Do OERs offer] incremental improvements within institutions or disruptive innovation that threatens the institution?" More webinars are available online from ALT.
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