What actual 21st century learning looks like
Posted November 7, 2014on:
Scour the Internet for “21st century learning” and you are more likely to find examples of 18th century teaching instead. Some of these examples slap technology skins over old content delivery bodies.
I found a good example of what 21st century learning might look like from an unexpected source: LifeHacker.
The main points of the article were:
- Focusing on just-in-time (JIT) learning
- Determining your minimum effective dose (MED)
- Prioritizing depth over breadth
- Connecting with experienced others
- Making learning authentic
- Creating your own opportunities
While these examples were described in an adult learning context*, there is no reason not to apply these to other forms of learning and levels of learners.
After all, we have social, open, and mobile technologies that already allow us to do all these things. The preparatory, just-in-case schooling kids receive can be compressed or shortened to allow actual 21st century learning to happen.
*Those that prefer a K-12 perspective should read this MindShift article. Spoiler: The 21st century learning is not about futuristic technology or even pedagogy on steroids. It is about trust and digital citizenship.