A little aside…Unstoppable Learning

While this is not directly related to the eLearning and Digital Cultures MOOC, I found it very interesting and could definitely see parallels to some of the themes of the MOOC, especially during the parts of the show talking to Sugata Mitra and his vision of a “School in the Cloud”…

So this week during some long drives to and from field work (at the beach, just thought I’d point that out 🙂 ) I indulged in my new favorite thing: listening to the TED Radio Hour from NPR. So many interesting things, it’s hard to know where to start. For those of you not familar, the TED Radio Hour combines segments of a few TED talks that relate to a similar theme and intersperses the talks with interviews with the speakers.

One particular show caught my attention, especially with respects to this MOOC – the program “Unstoppable Learning“. Particularly relevant was Sugata Mitra, who found that he had stumbled upon a new method of education. His discussion on how education is constructed in it’s current form and how he sees it in the future was very cool! Sugata Mitra, a Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK, was actually awarded “$1 million in seed-funding for his wish to design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. His ideas of building a School in the Cloud, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online” (SOLE Challenge), had nice parallels to the MOOC we are undertaking.

What an interesting vision for the future of learning! If you have a spare hour, I really recommend having a listen the the whole show!

That’s it for now!

Sam 🙂

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About Samantha Clarke

Samantha is a marine/engineering geologist by training, researcher and academic developer by day, and passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning and education. Samantha’s research has particular interests in submarine landslides and their associated coastal hazards (such as tsunami), marine and fluvial geomorphology, and riverbank failures. She is also interested in educational research after seeing the wide-reaching impact of good learning and teaching.

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