5 Useful Learning Principles
From reading The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age by Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg, I managed to set up a list of what principles of learning I find helpful.
Self-Learning: I’m a very curious individual and when something sparks my attention, I try to learn as much about that certain subject on my own time. I don’t always have all the resources right at my reach, therefore having the internet has helped me learn many things that I wouldn’t be able to get in person. For example, I taught myself to play two instruments by watching videos and doing research on the internet. The web has definitely helped me progress on my crafts and I continue to use it to teach myself new things daily.
A De-Centered Pedagogy: This particular principle of learning is interesting because nowadays we live in a society where institutions try to stop us from working together and allowing us to challenge other people’s knowledge. Collaborative learning in my opinion is one of the most effective because in order to correct someone or provide your insight, allows you to get your mind thinking and working. Davidson explains how instituions limit our use on sites such as Wikipedia. A good learning tactic is being able to respond and question information exposed to us. When we’re trained to just process information and not contribute to it, takes away from the learning cycle.
Networked Learning: Connecting to the world and discovering new information is another way to be involved and contribute to society. Networking has given us the ability to stray away from locking ourselves into our individual prisons, and expose ourselves to new ideas that we wouldn’t have thought of if it weren’t for social media.
Learning as Connectivity and Interactivity: Similar to networked learning, interacting and connecting has been made possible through social media. It brings society closer because we now solve issues together, instead of being isolated and trying to solve problems on your own. Interactive learning breaks barriers and allows for easy access to learn new things.
Flexible Scalability and Simulation: Being flexible and open minded to new sources is a smart learning tactic. From small scale sources to large projects, we need to adapt to new situations and this allows for our brains to think harder and view different perspectives. Specifically in a time where the internet is at its prime, by avoiding to easily dismiss information, allows us to learn something new we could’ve missed out on.