I was invited to speak at ‘Digital pedagogy: How are new technologies transforming the interface between research and learning?‘ This one-day event was organised by the Hestia project and held at Senate House, University of London on 6 June 2014.
I talked about the ways in which augmented learning uses electronic devices to extend learners’ interaction with and perception of their current environment to include and bring to life different times, spaces, characters and possibilities.
Given the date of the event, a topical example was D-Day as it happens. I also looked at projects such as Operation Lapis, pepysdiary.com, @RealTimeWorldWarII and Gunpowder, Tweeting and Plot on Twitter, as well as the blogging Middle English poet Geoffrey Chaucer aka @LeVostreGC.
Anyone can engage in these informal learning experiences at any time, anyone can leave at any time, but a skilled facilitator can keep people engaged and actively contributing for weeks, months or years. Learning in this way requires a new kind of educator, one who
- engages in educational outreach, based on long-term interests and personal enthusiasm
- has the expertise, the time and the ability to act as a coordinator and a facilitator
- can inspire and engage people, because no one is required to participate.