FUTURE LEARNING LAB WORKSHOP AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, PALO ALTO, SEPTEMBER 29TH - OCTOBER 3RD 2014
September 29th until October 3rd 2014, the Future Learning Lab engages with peers at Stanford University and in Silicon Valley to cultivate a dialogue on the future of learning in a media rich world. All participants share a sense of urgency and also a will to explore new possibilities, discuss ongoing research, and work together to retain a focus on the human aspect of new learning technologies and their globalizing impact on individuals as well as learning institutions. We will try to provide a good learning experience for first-time visitors and returning visitors to Silicon Valley, with a focus on the emergent trends in Education and Technology.
A first theme for the workshop talks is how one meaningfully parses the interactions and learning goals in the classroom and in teaching with the flow -- if not to say overflow -- of technological tools now available. How do we retain a meaningful view on learning, in order for technology to be a tool and not a goal? From K12 through higher education, a future component of success will be our meaningful engagement with new technologies from a perspective on human values and dignity.
Starting with our workshop in Norway this past June. the Future Learning Lab is seeking to find and network engaged learners and learning researchers to form a consortium for an upcoming application to the European Union´s Horizon 2020 program. In our fall workshop we follow up on that promise. The emergent world of eduction is going digital and it is going global. How much of these processes and their implications we actually understand, is anybody´s guess.
A lot of attention is focused on the uses of media technologies in classrooms and other arenas of learning, but what about the teachers? What about their interest, sense relevance, capacity, and the support systems available to them in the educational ecology? A key theme in our discussions will be the changing learning ecosystem. A note of thought: How do educational systems based on a public service model stand contrast with education systems more based on market-driven forces?
We are a virtual network and think-tank-operating group of engaged colleagues from academia and the media/entrepreneurship sector. With a home base in Southern Norway, our projects now extend beyond Norway to the Nordic countries and beyond Europe to ongoing collaboration with peers in the United States, the Baltic countries and South Africa.
At the Future Learning Lab we concentrate on research projects with a practical relevance, and projects that typically require cross-disciplinary collaboration in order to see the light of day. Working closely with entrepreneurs in both the private and public education sector is a key focus. Comparative research contrasting different education ecologies is another.
The future of learning and education will require a deep sense of understanding media -- and there is a growing range of media to consider. Students are more media savvy than ever. Pressures to media-modify schools and learning environments abound. The challenge is to keep putting people and human designs of at the center of attention. Uses of technology is a key, and no more.
Learners of all ages learn best when in contact with real problems from everyday life in real ways. At the Future Learning Lab we engage in projects to develop good stories and engaging narratives, in a range of school/learning subjects. Learning comes when stories spring to life. Engagement comes through contact with things that matter for the individual. In all fields of learning.
If you´re through learning -- your´re through