How can we use technology to enhance learning? (LEARNING FUTURES – NITA’S STORY)


Meet Nita. Nita loves the subject she teaches
and she’s passionate about launching the careers of her learners. Her contact time is limited,
so she wants to ensure her learners get the most from her – so that they achieve the best
grades they can. She is sure technology can help her but she doesn’t know where to start. But let’s stop thinking about teaching and
technology for a moment and focus on learning. Take a moment to reflect on the real-world
skills you use everyday to do your job effectively. How did you learn them? Why did you learn
them? Where did you learn them? We live in a world of projects. Whether it’s
a job assignment, DIY or planning a party. We identify problems that need solving and
actively learn the skills required. We do this through reading and watching instructions
on the internet or in books, talking to others, but mainly by completing the task, stretching
ourselves and learning from the experience. Nita has been thinking about how she can make
use of technology to model real-life learning to prepare her learners for the world of work. Meet Sanj. Sanj is one of Nita’s learners. Sanj’s learning isn’t restricted by his lesson
timetable. He completes projects assigned to him, working in his own way towards the
deadline – sometimes on his own, more often as part of a team. Nita and Sanj use technology
to ensure his learning is effective and structured. At the start of each project, Sanj agrees
a project plan with Nita and together they work out where the gaps are in his knowledge
and skills – and how best to acquire them. This project plan is recorded on a project
management tool, which both Nita and Sanj can access online via computer or mobile device.
This gives Sanj milestones to work towards, and supports his productivity. During the project, Nita and her learners
share and rate resources they find online that support knowledge creation. Together
they are creating an up-to-date course handbook on the web that can be accessed 24/7. Sanj
likes to use his bus journey to catch up on the latest videos and blogs. Each learner
also creates their own resources by sharing knowledge gained from work experience. By
actively contributing to the collective intelligence of the class, learners can earn badges that
contribute to their grade. Sanj has been encouraged and supported in
developing a network of fellow learners that stretches way beyond his provider. He has
collaborated on projects with learners from all around the world – and been in regular
contact with some of the leading experts in the field, through their blogs and social
media. Nita facilitates online discussions, sometimes
hosted by invited experts. Learners also submit their work-in-progress for online critiques
from staff, learners and invited experts. Nita uses one-to-one time to focus on the
competencies Sanj is developing by completing the course work in this way. She helps him
unpick the way he is learning, so that he can transfer these skills to any problem.
Sanj brings evidence of his learning – in the form of photographs, notes and videos
– all captured on his mobile device. In this way, he becomes expert in his own learning
and explaining how his expertise is being developed – vital skills when it comes up-skilling
in the workplace, and job applications. Nita still brings learners together in the
classroom, but these lessons take the form of workshops. She feels like she able to share
her expertise in a way that enriches the overall learning experience – her own learning experience
as much as the learners. This isn’t the future of learning. This is
learning enhanced and enriched by the technology available now. Nita’s story is about learning
design and some deep thinking about how her learners can get the most from the window
of time they have with her. It is about equipping learners with the key skills they need to
survive in a world of constant change. This isn’t the future of learning. This is learning
for the future.

4 Comments

  1. francisca sanchez

    October 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    very good vid! tks for sharing!

  2. Pawan Pathak

    January 13, 2017 at 6:49 am

    very nice

  3. Solai Vimala

    May 31, 2017 at 8:43 am

    nice one

  4. Muhammad Shabbir Hassan

    September 28, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Asslaamu Alaikum

    Remove music not allowed in islam. no salvation without islam

    Read Quran, ALLAH is talking with you, your creator

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