Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This paper is the usual list of how students take to technology in ways their parents didn't, followed by the usual observation that this doesn't mean that students are good at learning or managing information. The next section, though, is useful, talking about what, as a consequence, we should do. "Learners need skills that go far beyond reading, memorisation and communication. Educational institutions have an obligation to help students cultivate those skills that learners have the most difficulty attaining on their own. Skills such as judgment, synthesis, research, practice and negotiation." Oblinger also looks at the expansion of learning opportunities, peer production, and changing mental models. PDF. See more articles from BECTA's 2008 edition of Emerging technologies for learning.

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