Posted by: MandyS | February 23, 2013

End of Week 2…

So what do I think I have learnt this week? That participation is at the forefront of the debate about learning. According to Brown the key to understanding is participation. Yes, it is good to talk through and share ideas but I am not yet convinced that this is the only way to learn. Obtaining the knowledge in the first place is just as important.

Technology is however, a medium for participation, especially when it is physically impossible for learners to get together to learn. What I have established is that, even though  most countries are endeavouring to engage with technology to enhance learning, it is not necessarily the availablity of technology which is the barr but the cultural restraints. This is an interesting concept and one which I had not really taken account of. For some countries learning is very traditional and even though technology is accepted as being a means of enhancing learning, its importance is not as fundamental in some countries as others; it makes little difference if the country is rich or poor if learning is constrained by culture.

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