EQ: What are your thoughts about “learning in the collective”?
Collective learning is fundamentally a type of learning that happens ‘in the real world’ (Little by Littlejohn, n.d.). I think of this is more informal learning outside of a classroom. Littlejohn provides one examples of learning: Crowdsourcing (which is through social networks). I find this to be a new trendy term. Youtube videos and eHow websites come to mind as well. These are informal sources of learning that anyone can access.
We learn in our textbook the new culture of learning is based on the following three principles: “(1) The old ways of learning are unable to keep up with our rapidly changing world. (2) New media forms are making peer-to-peer learning easier and more natural. (3) Peer-to-peer learning is amplified by emerging technologies that shape the collective nature of participation with those new media” (Thomas and Brown, 2013).
Peer-to-Peer learning is beneficial in that students are able to comfortable express their ideas to their small group or peer without having to address the entire class. It can be like brainstorming new ideas and how to make them work. This is an ideal situation that can promote critical thinking and team building.
Our mentor projects will provide the mentee the base foundation of learning a certain topic, like me tutoring someone how to use a new Macbook. It is good for him to be able to ask me questions during the interactions. He will become more familiar with the navigation and features. I predict that he will be then able to attend a college class and speak of the navigation with his peers. They will be able to discuss what programs work with which class bests. He will be more comfortable from the mentorship and will be able to confidently speak on how to use his Macbook. I have always thought that it is a positive interaction to see how other people use technology. There is always more than one way to do something. Collective Learning in the real world provides the avenue for informal learning so that we can become familiar with many subjects outside of the classroom.
Thomas, Douglas & Brown, John Seely. (2013 Apr 18). A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
Lasecki, Walter S., White, Samuel C., Murray, Kyle I., and Bigham, Jeffrey P. (2012). CROWD MEMORY: LEARNING IN THE COLLECTIVE. University of Rochester Department of Computer Science. Retrieved on Feb 16, 2017 from: https://www.cs.rochester.edu/hci/pubs/pdfs/crowd_memory.pdf
Little by Littlejohn. (n.d). Collective Learning examples. Retrieved on Feb 16, 2017 from: http://littlebylittlejohn.com/change11-position-paper/collective-learning-examples/
Towers, Jo, Martin, Lyndon C., and Heater, Brenda. (Sept 2013). Teaching and learning mathematics Behavior. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior. Retrieved on Feb 16, 2017 from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0732312313000461