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The ne(x)t generation learner course leaflet - for educators

The ne(x)t generation learner course leaflet - for educators

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Published by Andreas Meiszner
Introduction to the NetGeners.Net pilot course.
The full title of this pilot course is “NetGeners.Net: The ne(x)t generation learner - Skills you need in lifelong learning knowledge and information societies”.
A pilot course in the light of free and open education!
This course is free: free to attend without any charge, free of cost for books or other materials, free for anyone independently of prior education; and free in terms of your personal time commitment that you decide to dedicate to it (Though we would like you to spend on a minimum 2 hours per week). The only thing you will need is a PC and internet access.
Participants of this course can expect tutoring (support), but will not receive any official degree awarding certificate or credit points from the course team.
This course starts at the 17th of March, though later participation is possible. If you are interested in the course than sign up now for free to secure individual mentorship and support!
We also invite you to provide us with some initial feedback on what you think could be improved, to report bugs (means to tell us what still doesn’t work as it should), to suggest further learning projects, or to submit already existing ones to our course category.
Further information is available at:
NetGeners.Net website
Introduction to the NetGeners.Net pilot course.
The full title of this pilot course is “NetGeners.Net: The ne(x)t generation learner - Skills you need in lifelong learning knowledge and information societies”.
A pilot course in the light of free and open education!
This course is free: free to attend without any charge, free of cost for books or other materials, free for anyone independently of prior education; and free in terms of your personal time commitment that you decide to dedicate to it (Though we would like you to spend on a minimum 2 hours per week). The only thing you will need is a PC and internet access.
Participants of this course can expect tutoring (support), but will not receive any official degree awarding certificate or credit points from the course team.
This course starts at the 17th of March, though later participation is possible. If you are interested in the course than sign up now for free to secure individual mentorship and support!
We also invite you to provide us with some initial feedback on what you think could be improved, to report bugs (means to tell us what still doesn’t work as it should), to suggest further learning projects, or to submit already existing ones to our course category.
Further information is available at:
NetGeners.Net website

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A Free and Open Course:The ne(x)t generation learner - Skills you need in lifelong learningknowledge and information societies
About the course
Firstly of all, this course is free: free to attend without any charge, free of cost for booksor other materials, free for anyone independently of prior education; and free in terms of your personal time commitment that you decide to dedicate to it (Though we would likeyou to spend on a minimum 2 hours per week). The only thing you will need is a PCand internet access.The objective of this course is for you to become a knowledgeable ne(x)t generationlearner that:
 
Is able to update his skills and knowledge self-dependently within a lifelonglearning context
 
Knows how to take full advantage of the web to support your own learning, tocollaborate with others and use the tools required to do so
 
Is capable to find sources at the web and to critically evaluate and analyse them
 
Is aware about available free online and desktop software solutions that facilitatelearning, knowledge exchange and collaboration
 
Knows how to find online communities, to engage in them for personal support,and to and understands the way they function
 
Has the today’s required soft skills; like to communicate, collaborate and engagein discussions with others, defend your own work and thoughts and presentthem, know how to manage a project, or how to resolve conflictsThe course is supposed to be an open and participatory learning experience thatinvolves practical ‘hands-on’ sessions where your learning activities and the things youcreate will become a part of the course. This is to say that future course participantsshould be enabled to benefit from your achievements and build upon the things youstarted, instead of starting from scratch.The course will allow you to act not only as a learner, but to become an activecontributor and co-creator. You will be asked to establish your own course learning
 
 2projects or to join into course learning projects of others; and you also will have a voiceto tell us what you think this course still needs.This course is a pilot course in the light of free and open education. Participants of thiscourse can expect tutoring (support), but will not receive any official degree awardingcertificate or credit points from the course team.
Career relevance (Why should I take this course?)
Knowledge is becoming obsolete faster and faster and if you are a 4 years’ universitystudent you might see that half of what you learned during your first year will be out of date by your third year of study.Today’s learner are likely to have on an average 10 to 14 different jobs by the age of 38and the top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004 – how will you prepare forthis? You are preparing yourself for jobs that might not even exist yet, that demand theuse of technologies that haven’t been invented in order to solve problems that you don’tknow are problems yet.Universities and formal education at large struggle to update their courses within theseshorter and shorter cycles or to develop new ones, and lessons are still largely given like100 years ago.This is why YOU NEED TO KNOW how to take advantage of the web for YOURPERSONAL LEARNING NEEDS to have a COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE attoday’s JOB MARKET.Some illustrating and brief sources for a better understanding on this can be foundhere.
For whom is this course?
The target groups of this course are:
 
Students in formal education on a individual base
 
Free learner outside of formal education on a individual base
 
Educators (Teachers) that like to participate with their students at this course andmight want to feed parts of it into their own courses (and vice versa)There is no minimum age limit, nor any minimum prior educational requirements.
Course structure
The course will be divided into two phases, a course design phase and the course itself,as illustrated below. BUT: You are not required to participate at the design phase inorder to take the actual course!During the initial course design (12/07 – 03/08) you will have the opportunity to addyour topics of interest to a wish- list and to suggest activities and sources. We alsoencourage you to go beyond this and invite you to become an active co-creator of thiscourse and to bring in your first hand knowledge and insights.During the actual course phase (03/08 – 07/08) you will have the option to create yourown course learning projects or to join into the projects of others. Additionally you willbe able to learn from reviewing and studying the project activities, outcomes andpresentations of the other course’s learning projects.
 
 3After the end of the course we will go into a re-design phase (07/08 – 09/08) and use theresults of the first course to improve it before we will run an updated version.Participants at the first round of this course are encouraged to contribute to the coursere-design and are welcome to also engage at the second round of the course (09/08 –02/09).Unlike traditional courses this course does not expect participants to solely study pre-outlined course materials, instead the course is envisioned as a collaborative learningexperience where participants will gain exposure to the various conceptual issuesthrough collaboration with each other. One goal in the execution of this course is tothink of this course as a seed, rather than a finished product.

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