Response to L&K – Week 6, Chapter 7: Social learning, ‘push’ and ‘pull’ and building platforms for collaborative learning

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 7, which falls under Part 3.

My response to this chapter will focus on social learning, multiple learning modes, and access to people. Lankshear and Knobel reference ‘Minds on fire: Open education, the long tail and learning 2.0’ by Brown and Adler (2008,17). They recognize that In order for populations in the near future to be successful and to thrive, they will need to build ‘robust local eco-systems of resources’. They will become more and more dependent on these productive and innovative ways of supporting their ongoing learning and creative activity. It will be crucial that they produce these new resources out of what already exists to preserve scarce resources.

The previous models of buildings on campuses and pre-set curriculum’s of higher education, will no longer be enough to meet the learning needs and demands of the coming populations. There is tension between learning demands and resources available that will only become greater as time goes on. Though I truly believe the current model of will not completely disappear, it will certainly need to evolve to incorporate the changing needs and demands that have already started to appear. The conventional higher education models are already proving to be lacking in terms of innovation and productiveness and in order to change this, new ideas and approaches need to be developed.

Diverse and alternative ways of learning are needed to ensure the next populations grow and thrive. Current generations want and need more than these previous traditional ways are able to give them and so they seek out information on their own. The availability of accessing information has altered the demand and has guided these generations to take their learning into their own hands. The things they are learning are still the same ideas, approaches, methods, policies, practices etc. from traditional learning models, they are just learning about these in new ways. They are then able to think of new sustainable ways or creative ways to expand on what they are learning, who they are learning with and how they could do things better. Previous and current lesson plan structures confined the learning to a specific topic, idea, etc., but as curriculum has started to open up, learners can explore an idea or topic outside of what was previously/currently taught.  As learning can happen anywhere, at any time, or with anyone the sole need to have physical locations to provide and teach the information is not what it use to be. Physical institutional spaces existed to bring people together to foster ideas and learning in the past but as we are no longer bound to walls and set lesson plans to collaborate and develop ideas and solutions, we as a people can  let go of that limitation and see what the minds of the future can give us.

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2 thoughts on “Response to L&K – Week 6, Chapter 7: Social learning, ‘push’ and ‘pull’ and building platforms for collaborative learning

  1. Amelia,
    Thank you for your in depth review of chapter 7. I think that with the increase of information and accessibility our biggest concern in the future will be filtering. We will need to determine what information is relevant, credible, and worth our time. Another concern will be how we will be maintaining our drive for “pulling” information. We will need to find our passion without being deterred by failure during the self discovery quest. It will be important to be able to keep up with these changes by being flexible and willing to adapt quickly to change.

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  2. I think we both left off our review of this chapter in the same direction. It looks like the shift from going to a traditional classroom is almost being reviewed. I guess I never pictured myself getting my Masters online but now that I am going through the process I am not sure if I could see a better way to go about it. Who has the time to show up to class everyday with a book and a pen or pencil? It makes sense if a person is living on the college campus but for me that seems impossible. My biggest question was what happens to the traditional classrooms?

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