|Digital Learning Futures: Learners as co-creators of knowledge|
by Steve Wheeler
Teachers and lecturers have long held a the monopoly on the production of academic content. Increasingly in the digital age however, we see learners creating their own content. They have the tools, own the technology, and have the confidence to use them, not only informally, but increasingly in formal learning contexts. Many are prolific and proficient in producing blogs, podcasts, videos and photos for sharing on the web. This can all be achieved using the smartphone in their pocket. In this presentation I will address several questions including: What do teachers need to know about this phenomenon? Will it challenge the role of the teacher? How can teacher incorporate the potential of 'students as co-creators' into good pedagogical practice?
Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities where he chairs the Digital Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams. Steve is a global educator, teaching online, and on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes in the UK and overseas. He researches 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 he also has research interests in mobile learning and cyber-cultures. Steve is regularlyinvited to speak about his work and has given keynotes and invited lectures to audiences in more than 30 countries across 5 continents. He is currently involved in several research programmes related to technology supported learning, digital praxis, and learning through the use of social media and handheld technologies.