Open Participatory Learning Ecosystems

Brown, John S. & Adler, Richard P., Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0, 43 EDUCAUSE Review 16 (2008). http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/MindsonFireOpenEducationt/45823

The building blocks provided by the OER movement, along with e-Science and e-Humanities and the resources of the Web 2.0, are creating the conditions for the emergence of new kinds of open participatory learning ecosystems that will support active, passion-based learning: Learning 2.0. This new form of learning begins with the knowledge and practices acquired in school but is equally suited for continuous, lifelong learning that extends beyond formal schooling. Indeed, such an environment might encourage students to readily and happily pick up new knowledge and skills as the world shifts beneath them. If they do, we could be taking a major step toward creating a twenty-first-century, global culture of learning to meet Sir John Daniel’s challenge and the demands of our constantly changing world.

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