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A Thought from Rick’s Presentation

I’m at the AECT Board of Director’s meeting / Research Symposium this week. Rick
Schwier
(@schwier) is presenting about learning in formal, non-formal, and informal environments. Listening to him talk helped me crystalize something I already sort of knew but had never but into words to my satisfaction.

  • IF people construct meaning based on their own prior knowledge and past experience, and
  • IF a wide variety of tools and content like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, OpenCourseWare, blogs, etc., are significant, important parts of some people’s every day lives, and
  • IF significant, important parts of daily life contribute substantially to one’s prior knowledge and past experience,
  • THEN these people will draw heavily on tools and content like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, OpenCourseWare as they construct meaning.

There are multiple layers of implication that accordion out both upward and downward, but I believe this core idea is very important. Thanks, Rick!