Today I attended the International Conference on Elearning Futures which was hosted by MPOW.
The conference opened with a keynote from Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) who is well known in the elearning world. His keynote did not disappoint, managing to be inspiring and amusing at the same time. He had been asked to present on elearning futures – to do a bit of prophet-like horizon gazing for us.
I was interested to hear his reponse to the question of how to keep up with change? As he points out, we’re (i.e. those of us in the education industry) trying to prepare young people for careers we don’t know exist using a model of education designed for homogenisation born out of the needs of the industrial revolution.
These days, it’s not about “what you know” but about the “how”. It’s also about making connections, because if you don’t know, you need to ask “who do I connect with who does?”. Which is where the importance of having a PLN comes into play and the value of distributed cognition.
Steve made some statements about the future of learning, namely that it is
- non-touch (think gesture based like Wii)
Unfortunately he didn’t quite complete all his slides, but I imagine they’ll be available via his blog shortly.
Other sound bites include:
- technology is often resisted by people because of worries about threats to their future, because they have vested interests in maintaining the status quo or fear of more work
- speaking about the importance of maintaining the “gift economy” on the internet and promoting open knowledge, creative commons and so on he made this statement “knowledge is like love, you can give it away and still keep it”
The keynote was followed by a number of parallel sessions in streams following the themes of strategy, pedagogy, technology, technology workshops and languages.
I presented a presentation on the library’s involvement in the institution’s elearning strategy: