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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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Photo of Jorge Diaz

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.

Photo of Jorge Diaz

Of Course Shane, School as a "service hub" makes infrastructure more cost/effective, I think a key issue is manage it as a "system". Thanks

Photo of Jorge Diaz

Thanks Shane. This is an idea that needs to evolve a lot. I know some examples in Peru (my home-country) that have developed the idea partially. Some schools in rural settlements shift between "Classroom", "Home" and "on-site" tasks, on a regular basis (along an academic year).

Photo of Nick Van Breda

I know places in the Netherlands that made it able to look like this. Have you ever heard of seats2meet? They embrace the sharing community sense fully and this results in a very inspiring place to be and learn.

Photo of Jorge Diaz

Thanks Nick. I took a look at their website, and found it very interesting, I think a key-clue is to engage different stakeholders within these environments.

Photo of Nick Van Breda

Yes it happens quite often already that those stakeholders get engaged. The hole idea of Seats2meet is to meetup with those that can be a mentor to you or a brainstorm buddy based on background passion and skills. It happens with KLM spotpicker already that inside flights two people meetup each other and leave the flight with a company together. Those moments of finding true growth value are strongly supported by a service called E ting and even where you know and have the possibility to choose based on registered users.

Photo of Shane Zhao

Thanks for the share Jorge! This makes us think about how we can expand learning opportunities beyond traditional classrooms - especially when adequate educational resources are scarce. It'd be great to look into some real life examples of how this Learning Ecosystem has been used in vulnerable communities. i.e. what might be some cases of schools as base camps?

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