No Boundaries for Learning

September 29, 2015


You can search the world through Google, connect to others through Twitter and Facebook, build and create in Minecraft, experience augmented reality with Aurasma, and create and collaborate with others through a variety of online tools. You can do this while managing your entire work and learning life through a device that fits in your hand and is incredibly more powerful than the computers that put men on the moon.

Students today entering college have never licked a stamp, their entire lives have been recorded on video by their parents, and Google has always been available ( The Mind List ). With that reality, students have expectations for how they use technology to engage and learn. In my role as a designer of educational spaces, that’s a unique design provocation that presents an opportunity to create new learning environments that resonate with today’s student.  

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Today’s technology offers interesting opportunities to rethink where learning occurs.  Being able to create learning spaces online that interact with physical locations for learning is an important consideration for all institutions of learning — not only to maintain relevance in an increasingly digital world, but also to build learning environments that leverage the affordances of technology to specifically create new opportunities and conditions for learning, 24/7 and 365.

In my session at EMS Live! 2015, we’ll explore the historical use of technology to support learning, how digital learning is reframing the construct of what it means to be literate, and we’ll examine emergent tools and spatial models that are challenging the traditional expectations for how learners engage with each other. We’ll spend time unpacking the hot topics of flipped and blended learning and discuss the shifts in perspectives about how and where learning occurs.  

The opportunity to create a new learning ecology, and one that features a comprehensive digital component, is both exciting and challenging.

As a designer, I seek to create solutions and places that are uniquely supportive of human needs. Every opportunity to design is different as each presents a different lens into the needs and wants of people. The opportunity to create a new learning ecology, and one that features a comprehensive digital component, is both exciting and challenging. To design learning environments around the needs of learners today and how they work and interact with each other, while also using a capacity that has been present since their birth, can be completely disruptive to how educators think about learning.

That’s what we’ll discuss and try and make sense of.  I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing my thoughts about digital spaces and learning at EMS Live! 2015.

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