Slow learning

John Naughton has a nice post about slow journalism:

You can get junk food on every high street. And you can get junk journalism almost as easily. But just as there is now a Slow Food movement, I should also like to see more Slow Journalism.          

And is the same true for learning? I’ve mentioned before Peter Goodyear posing the idea of slow learning. Clearly the social and communicative aspects of web 2.0 technologies have tremendous potential educationally. But to what extent have these been realised?  As usual the hype doesn’t quite live up to the reality.

 
This slide picks up on the framework we developed in our computers and education paper, arguing that different learning theories can be viewed along three dimensions (individual-social, passive-active and information-based-experience-based). It then lists some of the key characteristics associated with web 2.0 against what can be argued to be the key characteristics of ‘good pedagogy’. Sooo just as slow cooking needs good ingredients, an expert cook, time and space to indulge in the experience of enjoying good food, the same can be applied to slow learning… The ingredients are the ways in which the learning is supported or scaffolded through good pedagogy, the expertise is the designer of the experience and those who facilitate or support the learning process, time and space is the enabling environment using the affordances of technologies capitalising on the social and communicative dimensions of web 2.0 technologies. Well that’s the theory anyway, I don’t think we are quite there yet…   

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