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Conor McManus

Full Time Student, Belfast Metropolitan College

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What are the opinions on the view of moving away from lecturing to facilitating shared learning in a more creative environment?

Recently I have looked a lot at shared learning, this is centred around the idea of peers helping each other learn through creative thinking. With the vast knowledge available through the internet and companies such as Ted, twitter, you tube a student can learn so much on their own from industry leaders. Does this mean a change in how we learn is needed moving away from lectures to sessions which encourage shared learning from peer to peer. The idea of facilitating is still quite new but a conversation and a dialogue should begin now about how this can be incorporated into education to make it more useful, relevant and up to date.


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    May 14 2011: I recently took part in a programme called fresh taken by a man called conann Fitzpatrick. The idea spawns from him.


    My idea of a class. Lets say its a marketing class at degree level. To start imagine the topic being given lets say it was to discuss how services marketing is changing. Now the theory that will be taught is old and outdated authors such as Lovelock etc. Now although this is a good base for starting the studies how can it be as up to date as a video Seth Godin posted on an idea virus, or a journal document written by Pines and Gilmore (brilliant services marketing theorists)

    So would it not be useful for each student to go away for a week and look at the taught theory i.e. Lovelock and use their own shared learning to see other views. New views and how this is incorporated in then come back and teach each other what they have found. The information available through websites like TED and social networks like twitter allows them to do this.

    Within this context critical thought can be judged and graded through its relevance and in terms of marking it on a level of would it work and how have you justified that it would work.

    What do you think?

    Thanks to Colin and Wendy for the input I will look at the drive book. what is the idea with the school Wendy?
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      May 14 2011: So context, relevance and complexity/simplicity of end product is how you would grade critical thought or artistic thinking. Good job! It is relative to rubric lessons. Consider group learning also!

      I came to similar conclusions involving science fiction teaching. Here,

      You are thinking in the right direction, keep pushing the issue of critical thinking, it is so important and so unpopular today.
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        May 15 2011: yeah that is exactly my thoughts. To further the idea... All students take part in critical thinking and then work in teams to develop each others ideas. this will build connections between them and root out any ideas that will not work. Critical thinking is a very important and somewhat overlooked skill and it something I always focus heavily on.
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          May 15 2011: I agree,

          I actually brought this up to my friend and he said even a one course change in the modern curriculum would be service to all. A "Critical Thinking Workshop" class in which the teacher challenges students and prepares them for future criticism of their thoughts and opinions. Basics of logic, psychology, philosophy, education, anthropology, and [but not limited to] linguistics.

          I think it is vital to dictate to children, original thoughts do not exist, but creative thoughts do.

          Also that explorations are not done yet, we have a large ocean, a lot of layers of earth and the stars to explore. Need to feed the natural human drives of curiosity in the best of manner, entertainingly enhanced!

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