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Acquire and make use of its knowledgeWhen learners fail to be actively “engaged in the practice” they will, in turn, be excluded from the “localtopography” of the practice, as well as the opportunity to “understand the CoP from the inside out”—both of which are crucial in the transformation of information into meaning.
Supporting Digital Learning Styles
“Shifts in students’ learning style will prompt a shift to active construction of knowledge through mediatedimmersion.”- Chris DedeConstructivist learning, according to Dr. Seymour Papert, “is grounded in the idea that people learn by activelyconstructing new knowledge, rather than having information 'poured' into their heads.Moreover, constructivisttheory asserts that people learn with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personallymeaningful artifacts."Today’s learners have grown up surrounded by the digital world, and as a result have developed new ways of understanding, learning and processing information. As a result, there is a dissolving line between frontline andonline education. This current generation of students, more than previous generations, approaches learning froma “what’s in it for me?” perspective.These student directed learning styles have made the “drill and kill”teaching model less effective and relevant.Students have grown up with digital and social technologies, and are used to picking and choosing how,what,where,and when they will learn.Social media and other technologies can be woven into a course design that provides avenues that allow Gen Ylearners to engage in a social, collaborative, and active learning environment. An effective and multi-facetedapproach that blends current adult learning theory and social technologies are the most effective in designingonline courseware and teaching.
Social Media as a Pathway to Learning
“Sharing knowledge is a lovely thing.” –Jamie OliverUnder this new “digital pedagogy” learners tend to construct knowledge via self-directed and collaborativeproject based learning (PBL) activities, using asynchronous media, weblogs, social search communities, andsynchronous technologies such as real time textual chat.As students go through process of choosing, utilizing, and integrating technology—social search communities,making QuickTime movies, creating podcasts, mobile technologies, interactive web sites, e-portfolio’s, Flickr,blogging, computers, multiplayer gaming, or p r o g r a m m i n g Lego/Logo—into their projects, it providesopportunities for them to be actively engaged, as well as acquire, share, and make use of community knowledge.In addition, technology and socially rich projectbased learning environments help students develop criticalthinking and problem solving skills—both essential skills for students to compete in a global knowledge-basedsociety.This shift in learning styles will have an impact beyond the walls of the classroom.As Seeley Brown points out, thistrend has the potential to effect “not only to educators, but also…human resource departments, strategists, and
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