I met up with a bunch of great people today to talk about creating a
pitch for our projects. Based on the feedback from that discussion and
another discussion at dinner, here's my first attempt to pitch the
Learning Goals project in 2 minutes...
I know I'm not good at this kind of thing, so please help (and be
reckless with your criticism):
Learn what you want, when you want, with whom you want.
Learning goals is an online service that helps you engage lots of
learners who have very different motivations, available time, background
knowledge and life experience. Learning goals helps you model learning -
not teaching - so that learners can gradually begin to set their own
goals, plan the steps, link relevant activities from the web and request
the support needed to reach their goals.
In most learning contexts today it's simply unrealistic to expect a
homogeneous group of people who can all "keep up" with the set pace of a
course "delivery". None of us want to turn eager learners away just
because they have less time available or learn more slowly, nor do we
want other people to be bored because they have more time or happen to
pick things up more quickly. Learning Goals gives you the option to
co-create personalised goals with agreed time-lines for individuals or
small groups. Learning Goals makes it easy to track many individual
goals with a dashboard of activity for the goals you are supporting as
well as notifications for the goals you've agreed to review - freeing
you up to concentrate on creating and sourcing those great social
Learning Goals builds on ideas from other current projects and could
also be useful to those projects. For example, learners are able to
request support not only from you as a course facilitator, but also from
peers in the course or friends in the relevant industry, building a
peer-to-peer network of support. Learning Goals might even enable P2PU
to support a wider variety of learner needs with self-paced-yet-social
courses. Similarly, badges may be able to be used both for learning
achievements (formal and informal) as well as for helping others learn.
I'm currently developing Learning Goals as an open-source project so
that it can be used freely to help people learn in any context and am
working to find other interested edu-developers with the aim of
establishing a developer community over the next year. Because Learning
Goals is just one small targeted tool in a learner's PLE (ie. linking
out to relevant learning activities and mashing up other communication
services rather than suffering featuritis), I'll be able to release
early and often with incremental-but-useful functionality that can be
As I see Learning Goals addressing the issues which made personalised,
self-paced, peer-to-peer learning unscalable for me in the past, I
personally hope to move gradually back into a learning facilitator role.
Starting with post-secondary community colleges and/or P2PU, I would
love to continue to demonstrate the benefits for learners and
facilitators alike, gradually moving downwards into schools and putting
the control of learning back in the hands of learners.
Edit: switched 'learner' with 'person' where possible - thanks Ian.
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