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Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures. He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of more than 150 scholarly articles, with over 6000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of seven million unique visitors.

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Barriers to innovation?

April 21 2018

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In March I posted a survey question as a part of my ongoing research into the adoption of new technologies in learning. The background for this question was a statement I made during a keynote discussion session at Learning Technologies in London in January. I was asked about innovation in organisations. From my experience working in all sectors of education and training, I claimed that the most likely sector to innovate with new learning technologies would be primary education. This would be followed closely by Learning and Development in organisations. Secondary schools and universities/colleges would lag behind, largely because high stakes assessment was an important consideration in these sectors.

There are clearly more factors to consider than these as barriers to the adoption of new ideas and innovation, but this is a good start. The survey question was really a way to confirm whether or not my hypothesis was sound. As you can see from the findings of a small sample of just 314 votes, the results are aligned to my claim. Whether this small sample is representative of the learning community in all sectors is open to discussion. But the result is interesting none the less.

What do you think might be other determining factors, or barriers to innovation and uptake of new technologies for learning? I would love to hear your views, which you're invited to post in the comments box below.

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Barriers to innovation? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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We won't get fooled again

April 03 2018

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April Fool's day jokes are usually fun, and I've indulged myself once or twice. But amidst all the springtime pranks and laughter, a serious point was also made on social media. It was that April 1st appears to be the only date in the entire calendar when people make a real effort to carefully check news stories, to avoid being fooled.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone learnt to do this every day, with every piece of news encountered? As most of our news is conveyed to us via digital media, we need to be literate in the use of these media if we are to learn not to be fooled by fake news. This is why digital literacies are such an important set of skills for all to learn. Schools should hold digital literacy as a centrally important part of the curriculum, given the importance digital technology plays in children's lives. Young adults, especially those studying in higher education, should also be given an education in what it means to discern the truth and detect lies on social media and the internet. Older people also need to be made aware that not all content online is true, and that some content is downright dangerous, if they believe it.

Without these skills, it is easy to hoodwink people, get them to believe in conspiracies and false 'facts', subscribe to fake organisations, and even rob them of their savings. If we all made a concerted effort to raise awareness around digital literacies, the world would be a better, safer place. If we don't, we'll all get fooled, again and again.

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We won't get fooled again by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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