Stanford University providing loads of insights into technology and designing new learning environments

I enrolled in a MOOC (Massive Open OnlineCourse) at Stanford University called “Designing a New Learning Environment”. What is a MOOC I hear you ask? Well its the latest trend in education and is defined (by Wikipedia anyway) as, “a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources.”

Stanford is one of the global leaders in MOOCs and was offering the design program which asked the intruiging questions:

What constitutes learning in the 21st century? Should reading, watching, memorizing facts, and then taking exams be the only way to learn? Or could technology (used effectively) make learning more interactive, collaborative, and constructive? Could learning be more engaging and fun? We construct, access, visualize, and share information and knowledge in very different ways than we did decades ago. The amount and types of information created, shared, and critiqued every day is growing exponentially, and many skills required in today’s working environment are not taught in formal school systems. In this more complex and highly-connected world, we need new training and competency development—we need to design a new learning environment.

As a facilitator and program designer who loves the potential of technology to transform the way we learn and interact, I signed up so that I could connect with the other 6,000 odd people from all around the globe interested in learning more about the same topic.

So much out there and so much to learn and absorb and apply to my practise. I am really excited by the opportunitites that new technology offers me. This program is assisting me to learn more about fundamental program design principles and applying this to ensure that the technologies I use are being used in the right context and for the right purpose….so that the technology is just another tool I use in my design and is not an end unto itself.

One of the assignments asked us to research educational technologies and apply them to learning. We needed to use Bloom’s Taxonomy which represents the process of learning.
“Before we can understand a concept we have to remember it
Before we can apply the concept we must understand it
Before we analyse it we must be able to apply it
Before we can evaluate its impact we must have analysed it
Before we can create we must have remembered, understood, applied, analysed, and evaluated” (http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy).

My assignment was created on Powerpoint and to view it you are invited to click on the link below:

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy assignment 4

I utilise a lot of technology already in my facilitation and business practise which has meant I can deliver services to people in a way that is more responsive to their needs and increases delivery flexibility. I am determined to keep up-to-date and more fully understand and apply the increasingly complex range of new technologies and how they can be applied to create postive , dynamic and valuable learning environments.

About cynthia

Cynthia Mahoney and Associates is a consulting firm that works with individuals, groups, business and government in facilitation and strategic planning. Cynthia is passionate about working with people to develop their life and leadership skills and to increase diversity and participation in decision-making in industry, government and the community. She is a strong believer in bringing people together to identify issues, exchange ideas and develop solutions that work for them, their family, their business and community. Services include: - personal development, leadership workshops and training - business planning, facilitation and business development for business and project teams - group facilitation - social media strategies and tools for industry and business - community and industry consultation and issues identification (face-to-face and virtual) - project development and writing funding applications - project management and evaluation
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