What is the highest form of learning?

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.

7 thoughts on “What is the highest form of learning?

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  2. A remarkable justification of effective learning! Schocken and his team obviously put much time and effort into the project and I suspect that many participants spent much more time than they would in a traditional course where a broader syllabus is covered. Having spent many hours supervising project based labs on digital circuitry, I fully appreciate how much students enjoy and can learn building and testing their own designs but this can be very demanding in time and expensive in resources. In the case of online courses at a Higher Education level, simulation programs might provide the equivalent of lab experience relatively inexpensively but how to reconcile a project based approach with adequate breadth and depth and within a reasonable time constraint still seems problematical.
    Gordon

  3. Hi Gordon, Thanks for your visit and insightful comments. I agreed with your views, in that such project could be very demanding in time and expensive. Simulation program could be a good alternative to this sort of project. I had once bought Promodel (a computer modelling & simulation software) in the 90s to learn it myself. It was fun, and I liked that sort of self-paced learning. I think we have now got more choices for us and our students to choose from. As we shared, I think it’s the sharing of our experiences and skills that makes learning extra fun, and that keep our passion of learning both a journey and goal of life – and I think that is the highest form of learning. We could all learn, through such sharing and conversation🙂

  4. I enjoyed reading this post, John.
    I find it hard to place learning into a hierachy. For me, learning is a networked phenomena. We learn with and from others, objects, and our own critical reflections on experience and history, which is constructed experience.
    I agree with your premise. Learning is a self-organizing phenomena. Our learning can be assisted others, as you and I are aware, but in the end, the sense we make of the experience is constructed and informed by a variety of factors–beliefs/ideologies, value interests, background experiences, the tools we can use, and our ability to filter, process, share, connect, etc.

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  6. Hi Mary,
    I like your wonderful reflection. So, learning is a networked phenomena and our sense-making is constructed and informed by a variety of factors–beliefs/ideologies, value interests, background experiences, the tools we can use, and our ability to filter, process, share, connect. What is the highest form of learning from your point of view?

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