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Learning Ecosystem

Learning takes place everywhere around us.

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A "Learning Ecosystem" recognizes that -learning experience- is available in different time, place, and people engagement environments:

1.- Formal Settings / Informal Settings

2.- Individually/ Shared

3.- On-site/ On-line

4.- Synchronous/ Asynchronous

5.- Personalized Learning

The learning experience is in fact, a personal experience, most formal educational programs and institutions focus instead on collective standards (We guess that by practical and operative reasons) loosing the opportunity to make learning a more attractive activity.

The learning experience is not only acquiring "knowledge" but also a "social experience" an opportunity to develop different skills (most formal assessment looses this approach)

In a scenario as the one most "refugees" face around the world not conventional approaches may be successful. I consider instead that three-key considerations could enhance the learning experience in such scenarios.

A.-Project-Based Learning

Great projects grow from people enquiries in order to solve real-world problems. Students find projects highly engaging because they are conducting work that is meaningful to them, and their families or communities. They relish the opportunity to make adult-world connections, work across subject disciplines, and work in extended blocks of time.

B.-School as a Base Camp

Think of the school as a place where Industry, local business, sport institutions, home, community organizations, and culture institutions ideas "meet".

The "school" is not a place, it is an environment, not a product but a process, not a single facility but a system.

C.-Learning Community

Think of "Learning commons" where teachers, students,parents and local employers are active partners in designing, delivering and evaluating education.

I consider that cross-cultural background, in scenarios as those shared by refugees, could enhance the learning experience.

Finally, Our key-principles to develop more the idea, are:


A.- Cross-Disciplinary Scope

B.- Multi-Stakeholders Engagement for Project Implementation

C.- User-Centered Approach

D.- Global References for Local Applications

E.- Testing Solutions by means of a "Pilot-Project"



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CanĀ“t wait to see the next phase. It is amazing to see so many different perspectives to face this challenge and also to identify the convergence in so many proposals.

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