Technology has crossed two frontiers in the wider world that affects how we use it in our education world now we are on the other side.
It has become very personal and it has gone totally mobile.
So instead of relying on a college device to access a central service to post and leave learning there, learners now carry their own devices, housing their own software and content in a shoulder bag and in their pockets.
How has this changed things?
Firstly it has caused a division in learning between it’s administration that is kept securely in the college from the enterprise of learning that is out in ‘the cloud’. Separating what needs to be kept safely from what is owned by the learners means technology makes virtues of the opposing properties of compliance and creativity.
Secondly, as learners carry their own learning with them, they can now choose to publish any combination of it as accomplishments. Learning becomes a continuous process, progressive in nature, managed more by the learner. Learning ‘offers’ become more modular and the amalgamation of informal learning is equally important.
Thirdly learners can now better manage their own learning journey, They can manage what is captured, marshalled, ordered, shared, produced and published in a way that shows what and who they are. They can carry it from one episode and place of learning to the next. Accomplishment is no longer encapsulated in a certificate of competence.
We are creating a mindset in learners that is less passive as a result. Learners are more involved in creating their learning rather than being consumers of it. All this is made possible because technology provides new tools to manage and present it rather than be owned by it, Proper preparation for working and living in the modern world.
These are frontiers that have been crossed rather than options to choose to address. I think three responses are required.