Questions related to Informal Learning
Nowadays high-quality free stuff is easily accessible to everyone who has internet access. People use those open sources and gain knowledge, skills, and competence in the fields of their choice. In most cases, the understanding and competence level of such people is better as compared to those degree/diploma holders who attend formal schools, colleges and universities. Here a question arises if we should develop a system of assessment to acknowledge the achievement of such people and award degrees and diplomas for which they qualify. I personally believe it would be an injustice if we deprive them of the diplomas and degrees on the plea that they were unable to attend school because of financial or other reasons otherwise they possess the required knowledge, skills, and competence.
I noticed your question about technology for measuring social design impact and I feel that this could be done by building and following socially connected digital communities. Smartphones and other mobile devices such as tablets can digitally empower marginalized communities but I have no sense of how much penetration this technology has with your target audience?
Digital practices saturate in students' lives and taking a role of boundary crosser and connecting social practices connecting personal, academic and professional spheres. We could argue that draw from the formal and informal learning contributing to authentic learning.
Please share your views ...
Kelly Mix has shown that young children in urban US acquire elements of base-10 thinking as early as 3 years old. But would young children in African villages, where subsistence farming forms the basis of the economy, experience this effect? My own research suggests 'no' - but Mix's research suggests that there may be ways to prime such skills, especially through smartphones.
Informal learning was once constrained to places like libraries and museums. At one point in time zoos stood little chance of getting grants focused on informal learning. As STEM has risen in prominence I am wondering how informal STEM learning may or may not have changed the definition of informal learning. Where can it take place? Can it happen in schools and if so, under what conditions would it be considered informal, and finally are zoo, businesses, labs, and universities participating as locations for informal STEM learning and under what conditions? What operational definition are you using to include these former bastions of formal education only.
I need references or articles about the relationship between social networking and new framework to connected learning.
Digital informal learning could become a method?
How relevant do you think is the construct of "employee strengths at work"? Do individual strengths get identified, deployed or leveraged in organizations? Will leveraging of individual strengths contribute to making the workplace more humanized and individuals happier, more engaged and productive? Your views will be deeply appreciated as it will help me to ascertain the relevance of my current research.
I have a datalab project looking at NEET aged people in 2015 which has education breakdown - perhaps a proxy for low skilled. We have migrant info. migrants are not a focus of the current project but may be for follow up work. I am keen to share the code and encourage others to be using our first results and building a community of enquiry. regards, Deb
Previous research has used various methodologies to study learning experiences including Interpretive phenomenology, descriptive ethnography, narrative and critical incidents etc. I am confused which one is more suitable to study for exploring the learning experiences of entrepreneurs in small and medium enterprises in terrorism struck harsh environment like Kyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and Afghanistan etc.
Response from senior colleagues will be highly appreciated.
I am investigating after-school informal learning opportunities in both face-to-face situations and through mobile learning offerings. The context relates to communities living in poverty where 'cash transfers' are used to affect positive behavior change. I know there is not much evidence from Southern Africa, but wondering what there may be that is not yet published. The interest is not strictly limited to cash (in-kind incentives such as airtime vouchers, or shopping vouchers would be included).
The relationship between formal and informal learning is a contentious issue that has fueled much debate in education. It appears as if the two learning approaches belong to completely different worlds. However, “knowledge is constructed via interactions between and among the learner and the social world” (Crotty, 1998; p. 282), which includes school, home, the community, as well as the virtual world. Thus formal and informal learning are, theoretically, closely connected and interdependent. Yet, in practice, school learning environments rarely reflect such connection and interdependency.
Is it viable to deformalize school learning and bridge this gap, and, if so how? What role may mobile technology and mobile learning play in this process?
Do you have any tips to share or approaches to building a personal learning network with like minded colleagues in Twitter?
There are loads of mnemonic-techniques out there ranging from method of loci to musical mnemonics. It is my understanding and experience that mnemonics can increase the amount of information learned and prolong the period in which it can be recalled. I think musical mnemonics is a great example since one can easily realize the vast amount of lyrics from regular songs that one can recall. Imagine if these songs were enconded with meaningful information...
I am researching learning models and would like to know which attributes are important.
At this time we think of the following attributes:
- Student personal information
- Learning Styles
- Attributes of competence
Or if you can suggest any paper.
Informal knowledge = knowledge you obtain speaking to colleagues (e. g. while drinking coffee in a coffee kitchen or while having lunch together).
Mobile gaming is becoming increasingly popular among the general public with 'casual gamers' featuring as the new breed of gamers. Is there any evidence showing learning benefits from the use of commercial mobile games? Are there any commercial mobile games that have been both popular and of learning benefit?
I am looking for good papers on the concept of interactivity within a science museum - how can we design interactive museums to enhance learning experiences and science literacy?
I am interested in research about community outreach programs as part of science museums. Any books, papers, articles that highlight such initiatives and assess their impact are appreciated.
A colleague of mine is working with a teacher and her students on a fossils project and they are looking for a good book that can help them classify the specimens they have found. Does anyone have recommendations? The ages of the group are 10 - 14.