Most of us have undergone years of learning in our formal school education. Such form of formal education has been designed to help us to become a knowledgeable and responsible citizen.
I often wonder how we could continue learning after our formal schooling, especially when we join the “University of Society”.
What is the highest form of learning in life at this digital age? How would people learn best? Under what conditions would people learn most effectively?
Would learning in the form of self-organised, self-paced and exploratory be one of the highest forms of learning? Here learning becomes a part of the learner’s life. It assumes that a learner is self-motivating, with a passion of continuous learning based on his/her interest and needs. The learner may have to endure numerous failures and mistakes, or stumbling blocks in his/her learning journey before he or she could appreciate the joy of learning. That is where self education plays a role in our life after formal education.
Here are some compelling arguments presented by Shimon Schocken on the importance of self-organized learning, and the benefits of learning with a MOOC.
As posted on Youtube:
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.