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.