Participatory Learning and Rethinking the Direction of Learning Institutions
In The Future of Learning in a Digital Age, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg discuss how modes of learning have changed dramatically, but the institutions of higher learning have not. This report focuses largely on the possibility of the new learning institution not being based on the contiguity of time and place—virtual institutions. The authors argue that access to an growth of information technology has affected the process and possibilities around post secondary learning.
The authors describe the fact that due to Web 2.0 and available social networks, learners "use new technologies to participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment on one another’s projects, and plan, design, implement, advance, or simply discuss their practices, goals, and ideas together."
Davidson and Goldberg ask the following question:
They see the opportunity to harness and focus the participatory learning methods in which students are adept. The authors are advocating for change because of the belief that current formal education institutions are not taking enough advantage of modes of digital and participatory learning available to students. They suggest the following ten principles that they feel are essential to rethinking the future of learning institutions.
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