Me, my papa and John Larkin at NTU. See photo slideshow.
Alex Halavais, John Hendron, and AcademicDave are just some of the education folks who have been exploring the future of learning, and how schools as institutions are going to have to adapt to stay relevant in an increasingly participatory media age.
On 14th Oct 2009, as part of the edUtorium series at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Aussie educator John Larkin and I delivered a comprehensive look at the ways social web tools have been implemented within our classes in order to enhance learning interaction among students. I did a pre-talk synopsis here and so did John.
The democratic nature of the social web means that the ability to learn and produce meaningful work can now happen at any level – from the independent student, to the individual teacher, to the entire education institution. Now, more than ever, instructors are able to motivate active learning among students, by empowering them with relevant online tools that allow for more creative approaches to go beyond the traditional class-based education.
In this two hour session, we showed instructors how they could…
- cultivate learning beyond the classroom
- encourage participation in the class conversation
- inspire student pride through greater sense of ownership of their work
- include new literacies in research, organization, and synthesis of ideas
- support multiple learning styles
- create exemplars by raising the bar of student achievement
- archive learning by creating a record for both you and the students
Big thanks to cameraman Christopher Tan of Singapore Polytechnic for coming down, capturing the event, and providing us with video footage. Very thoughtful fella!