Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article covers an interesting topic: innovation in education as seen through the pages of the journal Higher Education. But it takes a careful reading to extract the trends from the synopsis. Rob Ellis writes, "The overall impact of this change is a growth in complexity of the student experience, in part contributed to by an integrated use of material elements such as technologies in the learning experience." We see this in the 'what' of the student experience: what is taught, ranging from generic skills to work integrated learning (WIL) to global citizenship. And we see it in the 'how' of learning, including online learning, and associations between the what and the how. These technologies form a part of "the negotiated processes through which the material becomes entangled with the social to bring forth actions, subjectivities and ideas." Image: Boston College.

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