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Q&A: Innovative Growth

Q&A: Innovative Growth:
Quote: “What we discovered was that the sparks for big new ideas were coming from the knowledge, ideas, insights, art and cultures of multiple disciplines, not from the stale fumes circulating within a particular industry.”
Comment: An excellent point, supporting the need for open environments that allow for sharing of content across fields and industries. Erecting barriers to the free flow of information (based on restrictive copyrights/patents) is an attack on innovation.
This also has valuable insight for learning. The stale, closed structure of “formal courses” do not offer the rich experiences and exposure to diverse and contrasting view points of communities of practice. It’s about smashing ideas together. The future of learning will look much more like communities of practice than it will like existing classrooms. For this reason alone, I favor the selection of informal communication tools (blogs, wikis, collaborative spaces) over structured LMS’ for creating a learner-centered climate.

One Comment

  1. Denham wrote:

    Agree, CoPs and knowledge spaces are interesting and informative ways to learn. Peer to peer or periphery to core is a very different model and often difficult for some people to adopt. They are rooted in the expert ==> listener paradigm and do not embrace imersion, learning by doing, learning by being or learning through tacit transfer stuff.

    Perhaps P2P learning assumes equality of experience and hence is best adapted for older participants. My reflections suggest P@P is the main form of learning even when young – it is the playground where the reflection happens and hard questions are asked, not in the formal class.

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