Today as we began the second day at the Learners' Voice programme with a visit to Qatar's Education City. The meeting with Dr Danny Robert , Assistance VP, Faculty and Student Services was revealing and though-challenging. It was a meeting that not only inspired me but challenges me and one idea keep hitting my heart, Bam Bam!!! and it to Find a where to collaborate and create opportunity for learning together, learning that transcends boarders, that inspires and create a growing need for innovation among personal learners in a learning community
According to Wikipedia, A learning community is a group of people who share common values and beliefs, are actively engaged in learning together from each other. Such communities have become the template for a cohort-based, interdisciplinary approach to higher education.
Learning together with a vision for action can lead to a better world. During the brainstorming for a vision for the future of the Learners' Voice, Indee thotawattage from Sri Lanka said “Todays Local personal Learners, Tomorrow’s global interconnected world" a statement I believe expresses the connectedness between learners which I couldn’t agree more. \
So I raised a question on my facebook wall, asking undergrad and Post grad student to comment on how the learn and if connecting with a fellow student in a different culture/country help them learn better. The comments I received indicated interest for peer learning exchange. The reason being that some Student are privileged to have access to all the better learning environment with support from family and communities while other are not so fortunate. To bridge the gap student can get inspiration through connecting with other student who are studying similar course in another county/community and learn mostly through online technology.
Vinny from New Zealand said today that We should explore the advantage of peer pressure where learning becomes personal/connecting and learners can peer review themselves as sometime we have situation of “Knowledge Vs Skills”
So for me, as we explore the theme of New ways of Learning, my individual aim well be to explore the opportunity of creating a platform for action where Student in Nigeria can connect and collaborating with students from Qatar, Romania and Korea to become better learners and share global best practices
Learners’ success in developing high levels of skills, knowledge and understanding depends upon them experiencing effective and engaging learning and teaching.
..Second World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE2010)