Saturday, 28 July 2012

How can we transfer informal learning into a formal setting?

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Do you believe learning can happen in any setting?

Research is revealing that informal learning is occurring through digital technology and its only just beginning. Whether you are in a high socio economic society or third world country technologies are becoming increasingly available.

Defining informal learning -
-self directed
-interest based
-not driven by assessment
-doesn't result in a qualification
-linked to leisure activities
OR could it be intentional where the student is in control.
There is
NO teacher
NO defined curriculum
NO external assessment
The learner selects their teacher, defines their own curriculum around what they are interested in learning about then choose whether their work is assessed by others.
It is probably important to note that it is possible that informal learning could be triggered off by formal learning in the classroom.

Informal learning develops habits and expectations of how technologies should be used.  

How can we embrace this to support learning in our classrooms? What will the relationship of the teacher an student be in the future of education?

We all recognise that there is still a need for basic skills. However, ICT provides powerful, challenging, different ways of learning. The emphasis being on sharing, working together and using a wide range of cultural references and knowledge. Being in the knowledge age there is now an urgent need to develop competency to work creatively and innovatively with knowledge.Skills including being metacognitive, problem solving, collaborative, learning skills to work with and create knowledge. Creating learners who are self regulating by knowing their own learning styles, interests, strengths and becoming empowered, life long learners.

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There are many applications and tools that blend informal and formal learning. These are limited only by my knowledge and skills
1. Create virtual communities online - blog, twittering, face book, google groups
2. Interactive technologies - learners interacting with ideas, other students, and engage in deeper learning
3. Educational apps that support speed, security and are simplistic
4. Tools for collaboration - google docs, forums, blogging
5. Organising time and data - calendars, websites

6. Communicating, discussion and sharing (skype, email, facebook, google doc)

Perhaps we can promote intentional informal learning by what we do in the classroom. Lifelong learners!

sourced from a brilliant reading:
Lai, K. W., Khaddage, F. & Knezek, G. (2011). Blending student technology experiences in formal and informal learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

1 comment:

Danella said...

I relate to this completely. That's because I turn to google to find an answer. I seek suport and ideas on solving problems from friends on facebook and twits on twitter. I love the feeling of being in charge and I increasingly dislike one size fits all PD sessions. BUT I expect that some staff members who are not operating in the digital head space that I am, would probably not "get it" at all. Maybe that is the point. Reluctant ICT users don't operate that way themselves and so don't see what their students are missing. Not sure how to address this though. Easier to raise a question than to come up with an answer.