Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials: Understanding the “New Students”

by Diana Oblinger

This was the first EDUCAUSE article I ever read and probably the single biggest influence on my decision to formally study e-learning. It’s a great introduction to the key concepts surrounding engaging “new students” and meeting their expectations.

How to Connect Technology and Passion in the Service of Learning

by John Seely Brown

“If the student is passionately engaged in acquiring the practice, then time seems to disappear. Passion is the key.”

“Today the Web offers students incredible opportunities to find and join niche communities that ignite their passions. That sets the stage, through productive inquiry and peer-based learning, for such students to acquire both the practice of and knowledge about a field.
In the end, the millions of niche amateur communities — from the Latin word amator, meaning lover of — could provide a powerful learningscape for lifelong learning that is grounded in the learning practices that students acquire on campuses. That would be a major step toward creating a culture of learning for the 21st

Weir’s Way

“climber, naturalist, explorer, writer and unshakeable patriot”  Scots Independant

A unique (at the time) combination of geography, history and culture, in a similar vein to the BBC’s Coast series. He travelled extensively- after service with the Royal Artillery in World War II, he worked for the Ordnance Survey before becoming a professional climber, writer and photographer. He was a respected mountaineer and was one of the first to explore the previously closed mountain ranges of Nepal. His passion for Scottish people, places and history was inspiring. He also  became a pioneering campaigner for the protection of the Scottish environment.

There were a few episodes where he met up with old friends: working class men from Glasgow who would walk out to the surrounding countryside on a Friday night with no equipment and no shelter. From Glasgow they would head to Milngavie and a camp fire at Craigallion Loch or maybe the huts at Carbeth. From there they would walk to Loch Katrine, Ben Lomond, the Kilpatrick Hills and Arrochar Alps. Some even walked to the Highlands! It was an escape from the slums of Glasgow, the depression and unemployment and a training ground for the mountaineering pioneers of 20s and 30s (WH MurrayJock Nimlin).

Inspiring Links:

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

The Future of Publishing – created by DK (UK)

TED talks “Ideas worth spreading”

John Seely Brown

Tony Robbins

Handheld Learning


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