Saturday, November 5, 2011

Some of My Reflections on the Learning Process

Creativity and Creative Problem Solving are building blocks for sustaining lifelong learning and having fun in the process.

As a lifelong learner, mentor and  learning facilitator it has been important for me to grow within the global community and apply collaborative learning styles in many venues. I have been fortunate enough to  work with people from different cultures, different geographic locations and a variety of ages, in multiple venues. Business and academic settings have been the core opportunities.

Exponential growth of the technological and information age has presented opportunities for collaboration and ease of communication. Continual development of open education resources have led a cultural, geographic location, age and occupational evolution.

Alvin Toffler, sociologist and futurist said in the 1980’s that “ the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

The main purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how to build a community of global learners for the purpose of connecting and engaging people of all ages and cultures in collaborative lifelong learning.  Using current as well as projected modes of communication, social media,  web tools and ever emerging portable technologies, we will be able to maintain continual connections via visual, aural and written modes of communication; asynchronously and synchronously.

 I embrace a creative lifelong learning methodology, where participants are expected to accept responsibility for their own learning.  Discussions will demonstrate how Moodle Course Management System (CMS/LMS), Wikieducator, Second Life, Twitter, Facebook and WiZiQ have been combined to enhance online facilitation and learning via Blended Online Learning modalities.

I am including a slideshare that accompanied this discussion that I led in December 2010,  for your perusal.  I believe most of the links are still active and those that are not, you should be able to Google for additional information.

                                               CREATIVITY IN LIFELONG LEARNING


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