Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.
Next month at this time, I’ll be boarding a plane for Delhi. In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. Finally fulfilling the dream has me totally jazzed.
I’ll be taking part in EdgeX, an event that covers two important themes for education – Learning X.O (the emergence of network based, collaborative, social, informal and community-led approaches to learning) and Simulations & Serious Games (being able to seriously use these advanced learning tools at strategic scale).
EdgeX aims to be disruptive. With the likes of George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cornier, Alec Couros, Clark Quinn, Grainne Conole, and me on board, I’m confident it will be.
There is a revolution brewing in our conception of what learning is and how educational systems can be rethought. Influenced in large part due to the efforts of the speakers on this theme, the conversations around alternate ways of conceiving learning and the learning experience have centred around the following key aspects:
- Informal Learning, Communities of Practice, Connectivism
Personal Learning Environments, Open Distributed
Learning, Net Pedagogy, Learning “Design” in a 2.0 world
- Learning Analytics, Ubiquitous learning
- MOOCs, OER University, Stanford AI
- Role of teachers and coaching in an open distributed learning environment
- New forms of assessments
These key aspects present a coherent and urgent picture of the imminent changes in Learning and Teaching. All aspects of the teaching learning experience are impacted by this change.