Learn, Unlearn, and Re-learn – Learning 3.0?

“The illiterate of the 21st century,will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

Times are changing…the 1970s and 80s were about how well we could learn, the 1990s and 2000s focused on how fast and how much we could learn, whilst today’s education should be based on how much we can unlearn. Learning to let go of old and out of date rules is one of the skills we all need to develop.

“…the key to unlearning is to come to the realisation that ‘we are all in a fog’, and can’t clearly see the future. Unlearning will be a strategy for coping with rapid change and uncertainties, but unlearning is not simply about forgetting something, sometimes it is about rejecting a previously held belief, or repudiating a long revered theory. This often feels counterintuitive for educators, and can pose a threat to many learners…

Our current school systems are designed around learning as the acquistion of knowledge. The challenge is to try to turn this around so that students have the opportunity not just to learn new things, but also the challenge to unlearn and then relearn. Sometimes we really do need to knock things down before we can build them up again…”, read more…

Post by Steve Wheeler

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MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps – HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design

When Boston-based staffing firm Aquent recognized an HTML5 skills gap in their marketing, creative, and digital talent pool they created a MOOC. Known as the “Summer of Learning,” their course on HTML5 attracted 10,000 participants in August 2012 and was specifically designed to bridge their known skills gap and fill open jobs. Now, less than a year after that first offering, Aquent has placed more than 200 candidates in new positions and is building a course catalog of other MOOCs to offer free professional education throughout the year and better connect talent with employers.

“Aquent’s MOOC helped me develop my understanding of responsive design and HTML5. I’ve started working on responsive sites for a few of my freelance clients…”, read more…

Post by Jennifer Neibert