A New Culture of Learning

Posted on août 20th, by Paul R. in Hacking education. No Comments

Jay Cross, a blogger and advocate for informal learning, wrote an article about his thoughts on the book, A New Culture of Learning. In the post he highlights several key paragraphs.

Learning from others is neither new nor revolutionary; it has just been ignored by most of our educational institutions.

Let’s face it, we’re all getting frustrated with a centuries old way of classroom learning. What’s to be said, what’s to be done, what can be observed?

In one of the paragraphs, the book describes the birth of the “Collective”.

Wait…what’s THAT? Good question.

…a collection of people, skills, and talent that produces a result greater than the sum of its parts.

It is an environment (made possible by instant access to materials via the internet) in which the learning process is part and parcel of being an active participant.

…collectives are not solely defined by shared intention, action, or purpose (though those elements may exist and often do). Rather, they are defined by an active engagement with the process of learning.

In other words the learning happens while you contemplate and react to the interaction of others; it happens via the interactive experience, where idea creation and new thought take place.

So why then is this collective so important. The quotes Cross chose reflect the need.

This core aspect of education in the new culture of learning presents a model for understanding learning in the face of rapid change.


We are in a rapid state of growth in terms of all that we can know. Traditional educational models are beginning to buckle under that pressure. Today’s economic and financial constraints compress the problem even further.

Not only do we need new methods or models of institutional schooling, but we also need new ways to inspire subjects and ideas in our youth.

Any ideas? Don’t be shy to partake in the collective here…

How about tying this together by coming back to where we started. Learning from others. To quote the book once more, under the heading Peer-to-Peer Learning

…constant interaction among group members, with their varying skills and talents, functions as a kind of peer amplifier…

So I invite you all to go out there, meet someone, learn something, find a passion, educate yourself and participate in the collective!


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