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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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    Feb 15 2012: there are wonderful learning pedagogies practised in India, here we should see how Vigyan Ashram is working towards learning by doing and thus encouraging enterprise driven learning.
    This i believe will help in building more resourceful, entrepreneurial, responsible individuals
    here is the link: http://www.vigyanashram.com/
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      Feb 15 2012: By doing what? Are you trying to attempt this sort of pedagogy?:

      ‎"Students should be made to grapple with the material and receive authentic and explicit practice in thinking like an expert. Faculty would need to provide timely and specific feedback, and move beyond lectures in which students can sit passively receiving information... We assume that telling people things without asking them to actively process them results in learning."
      - Carl Wieman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

      If so, how?
    • Feb 15 2012: I agree. We try to recruit people with a basic level of competency but who learn quickly and pay them a basic salary, in trade they get hands on learning doing research contracts. This provides an alternative to student debt and gives the student a better starting point for future opportunities.
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      Feb 15 2012: Thanks for the link Ravi. I'm learning more about it now. I feel we have some similar thinkings. Check out www.theremixproject.ca when you get a chance.

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