How can organizations help individuals break out of their comfort zone?
What is a learning organization?
How well does an organization learn?
What is the new learning context?
The concept of "digital" accelerates learning
Encourage and accept risk taking as part of the normal culture knowing failure is likely without delivering a consequence. Mistakes are ok.
Stereotypical would be a school, university, museum, library. Perhaps this an entity, of some type, where individuals interact F2F or in some other way, formally or informally, engage in the process of learning.
Depending on whether the organization is passe or progressive correlates to the speed at which organizations learn. My experience has been that conservative organizations struggle mightily to change.
The new content is wide-open content. So what is the value of physical classroom spaces? To what should the physical space be changed? With content open, what is an educator?
Schools, either virtual or physical, hold value to bring students and educators F2F. Interactions among learners is key.
The new context is complex. Online content, virtual classrooms, technology, connected learning, culture, race, empathy, and more. Pedagogically the new context is problem based, critical thinking, and presenting learning.
The new learning context is based on technology to access the Internet. Learning is no longer analog and waiting but digital and on demand.
The new context is still emerging.
An intriguing idea. Digital, asides from technology, implies speed. Teachers can use digital as a metaphor for rapidly experimenting and iterating new practice. Moving quickly promotes urgency but it also promotes creativity and innovation. To be in a digital mindset is continuous thought iterating new beliefs, pedagogy, and integration of new ideas to coach and guide students in the learning process. Rapid adaptation to become "expert at facilitation" may be the key to changing quickly as an educator.
A belief I reflect upon often is treating students as humans. Maybe this is the assumed by educators but do we treat them as such? When I come to a conversation I assume the person I'm talking with has knowledge of something. Perhaps educators assume kids know nothing because educators haven't taught it to them yet.
Presenter: William Brennan — Farmingdale Public Schools, Fordham University
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