ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Impressions of the ICL12: Future learning

Posted on: September 28, 2012

Attending the International Conference “Interactive Collaborative Learning” in Villach I want to document two presentations:

Steve Wheeler: Learning 3.0 and the Smart extended Web

In his very funny talk Steve Wheeler ( Learning Technologies at Plymouth University) says that “We cannot predict the future”. To underline his statement he shows paintings of the French artist Villemard, who aimed to depict futuristic life in the year 2000 in the very early 1900s.  In one painting he predicts video-conferencing.

Wheeler outlines:

  • 1989: the future is multi-media – web1.0 (hyperlinks) link connects information
  • 1999: the future is the web – web2 (0 user participation) – connects people
  • 2012: The future is smart mobile (individual experiences) – web3.0 about intelligence, connecting things – connects knowledge

He shows what happens in 1 Internet Minute: f.e. upload of 30 hours of videos, 100.000 tweets, etc).

He predicts the farther future:

  • “tangible computing”, the internet of things, everything talks to everything else – information connectivity and social connectivity.
  • intelligent filtering – and asks how Amazon’s recommendation system could be used in teaching scenarios
  • augmented reality – f.e. MIT’s wearable AR or gestural computing

He concludes that learners need digital wisdom, not only skills but literacies. And he suggests that technology shouldn’t be banned from school (and universities!).


Diamshid Tavangarian (Univ. Rostock): Is Social Online Based Learning the Cure for Knowledge Poverty?

Tavangarian starts his talk to define technical knowledge as “Know what” and “know how”. He states that today’s learners suffer of knowledge poverty. Knowledge poverty is caused by restricted access to information and information overload. Learners are distracted by media consumption. There exits knowledge poverty in developing and emerging countries. Knowledge poverty rises from deficiency in the educational system.

Is E-Learning an instrument to avoid knowledge poverty? Mostly e-learning automates the classroom model, but learners have the freedom of place and time. A lot of money for e-learning is spent in Germany, but at this time e-learning is not enough.

Tavangarian asks, if social learning is a way to learn with more effectiveness. Today’s technology gives flexibility in learning supporting communication and cooperation, as well as international networks. There are many social media systems which can enhance e-learning.

So what is needed? According to Tavangarian there is a need for an integrated platform of key social media tools which could provide a secure space for networking and sharing, it is a combination of LMS, content provider (repository) and social media.

Tavangarian and his teams is working on WIKI-Learnia, a learning system for digital natives, which delivers the necessary knowledge for personal competences. It offers formal and informal, supported and unsupported, personal and social learning.  Learners can work as authors, tutors, assessors, …

My conclusion

Wheelers presentation was interesting and I loved his pictures and stories. I’m impressed how technology involves and personally I’m using my iPhone, my netbook, my computer all the time – and some times ago I started to use web services where my rights as author are not protected at all. These services are so easy to  use and it’s so nice to communicate and collaborate with all these people in the net. Nevertheless I don’t want to loose the total control about my life – and I don’t want to immagine a fridge who speaks with me and orders my food (probably influenced by smart advertising). But who knows what will happen in the next years …

At the beginning I liked Tavangarian’s talk as well, he asked interesting questions and reflected learning processes in higher education. But I was not convinced by his closed platform which should combine LMS with social media –  isn’t social media about openess and what about open ressources and open courses (e.g. MOOCS)?

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