Scanning the Horizon: Towards a Theory of Education 2.0.
In, 8th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Carry-le-Rouet, France,
20 - 23 May 2008.
There is no doubt that Web 2.0 will be a precursor of Education 2.0. Learners’ behaviours are changing because of the unprecedented growth in the use of computer-based technologies in everyday life; education must follow. In this paper I would like to argue that we need to look beyond that surface understanding. Twentieth century debates on the about the future of computer assisted learning were accompanied by the health warning that we needed to put pedagogy before technology. Today we still need to think about what we learn, how we learn and how we are motivated to learn. We should beware of becoming obsessed with the leisure habits of young people. We should instead look to see how those leisure habits can act as vehicles to develop skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for a success. In today’s world information is our most valuable commodity whose half-life is rapidly decreasing. We have the opportunity to develop self-sustaining educational approaches which prepare learners for a future where they may take on roles and careers which are not yet imagined or created.
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