Learning Moments

Learning Moments

Learning in Western minds is inextricably bound with memories and ideas from an institution called school. School is a building where learning takes place. Lots of learning. Only learning. Well, not exactly. Other activities creep in. Meeting your first boyfriend or girlfriend. Fighting during the recreation period. Talking to friends about a TV programme you saw or maybe a book you read or a website you visited.…

Open sourcing ideas – A hacker approach to working and learning

Open sourcing ideas – A hacker approach to working and learning

We often use words to say much less than they could! Take the word ‘work’ for example. In our Western culture, evoking the word invariably calls up images of activities organised in time and space that are carried out essentially to earn money.

The following thoughts about work and learning were sparked by the first part of a book by Pekka Himanen called “The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age”.…

Questioning the embedded messages of schooling

Questioning the embedded messages of schooling

If we want to introduce life long learning where individuals or groups handle their own learning process, assessing progress in terms of real goals (not artificial tests) and related knowledge needs and develop strategies to learn from what goes on around them, then we have to seriously question the “lessons” embedded in schooling as they may well be leading us in the wrong direction..