Friday morning: Education’s Reality Check

Patricia Manson European Commission

Contrast between people’s online life (proactive, creating, sharing) and behaviour in learning situations.

The idea of learners as citizens, consumers, producers of information.

Stephen Downs: Reclaiming Personal Learning

LMS parallel to Facebook: Students are not the customers but the product (should be education)

Interaction as the essential feature -> The personal website as reclaiming ownership of information (I’ve had my own site since 2005)

LMS – as the giant silos of learning, students and teachers give away information

Personal (for and by me) Personalized (sold to me)

Learning as becoming rather than acquiring

This is on a high abstraction level but useful when we consider where our students are and how they develop their knowledge of the field of social work. Finally, consider how the connections between an institutional setting, students and future employers could and should be organised

Platform Connector

Dan Peters


US – “talk about students as consumers” Point?

Selfie as image: Ease of production and sharing (also: Images vs text, context vs. universal) -> the desire to produce

Expectations and availability of technology (but technology vs functionality -> eg. the PowerPoint as overhead)

(Fellow) Students rather than materials as incentive to participate -> Students as change agents/co-creators Can this fit with our national curriculum

Ola Rosling, Gapminder

Unlearning – human intuition

Visualization as tool for communicating data
Open data – ability to track and assess the quality of data

Fact-based world view most things improve
“Rich and poor” -> Normal distribution
“First rich, then social” -> First social, then rich (eg girls’ education)
“Sharks are dangerous” -> poverty is dangerous

“How intuition fools us” as an issue in education

take-home coming later

Note: Anne-Sofie and Anders were at the “Less Talk, More Action” session