Now that I've gone back to study at Uni again, I've become even more aware about the ways in which we learn, as part of my education to become a teacher I've been discovering the wonders of learning and the things that motivate us to continue. In one of the subjects in my course Designing Learning for Digital Generation we are expected to explore the digital landscape, with particular reference to ICT - Information Communication Technology (ultimately referring to mobile and tablet devices).
After some snooping around, It has also become more evident that there are a multitude of available resources online if you wish to teach yourself new skills or learn something useful. Apple, Google and many other online companies are all jumping on the bandwagon in order to offer their unique take on education whilst promoting their own version of digital pedagogy. The classroom of the future appears to be digital, classrooms are being offered in the cloud, where lectures are attended virtually and physical location is becoming irrelevant.
Another topic gaining steam is the subject of life-long learning. While there's no denying the importance of such notions, it does beg the question, when do we know when our skills are relevant amongst this ever changing landscape of technology? I find it particularly pertinent in the online industry, where we are constantly plugged in, seeking out the new and diverse, whilst trying to differentiate ourselves in order to keep afloat. A whole industry thrives on this state of flux, the biggest winners are becoming the independent educators, and those clever enough contributing with skills based tutorials. In our euphoric soma like escapist haze, we seek them out as new forms of learning, looking to transcend our states of mind in the hope of being relevant in the NOW.
For one of my subjects this year, DLDG (Designing Learning for a Digital Generation) I'm participating in a group project that explores ways of incorporating digital learning and the implementation of ICT (Information Communication Technology) into the secondary class setting. As a means of documenting our progress and at the teachers suggestion we have set up a new WordPress blog which we've named The 'Digital Art Room'. As future Art Teachers, Luke and I are challenged to come up with some useful digital tools that will help facilitate higher order learning within the art class setting.
As a Designer operating online, the importance of self directed learning has been paramount in my own ability to gain employment, though much of that has been skills based education. Come by and check out the new blog, I'd love some community input on what's worked for you.