Future Of Learning Is Informal And Mobile
April 13th, 2007

What does the future of learning look like? Robin Good met Teemu Arina in Rome and made an impressing video interview about the future of learning. The video Robin added to YouTube and integrated the chapers creatively in the transcript.

Photo credit: Lotta Viitaniemi

Video chapters: Informal learning, Informal learning inside organizations. Tools to facilitate informal learning. Mobile learning. Mobile learning in the near future. Learning in normal life. Stay ahead of the wave? What is connectivism. What would you change in the world of learning? What is a teacher? Other types of teachers. World beyond learning,

Personally I met Teemu on November 11 2005 in Tampere Talo in Finland at Open Mind 2005. While talking to Teemu I forgot the time and missed the bus of our group to the airport. Believe me, I rather had missed that flight home for the opportunity to be inspired by meeting Teemu Arina.

I fully agree with Robin, when he introduces Teemu as “a young Finnish educational scholar, with lots of good ideas, a fully working brain and a vision for the future as only a few are able to crystallize”.

Master NewMedia Robin Good: “I found Teemu to be a true thinker, and one that does like to stretch the definitions of what is possible and what’s not. Open-minded and capable of evaluating viewpoints different than his, he is also a pragmatical individual understanding the true limits and restrictions we impose on ourselves via the working and social infrastructures we build around ourselves.

Our interaction focus, in this first part of our video interview, is on the future of learning, and on the relevance that terms like “informal learning” and “mobile learning” will come to have in the near future”.

Teemu Arina: Along with social software, wikis and blogs are very often considered informal learning tools by educational technology experts. When I look inside organizations I see these tools as something that counter taylorist technologies like groupware and intranets, where the control is mainly on the management side (for example the IT department).

Teemu Arina continues: It is kind of connecting the virtual and the physical spaces, and that is where I think informal learning is currently failing in the educational technology field: we are not giving enough importance to the meaning of physical spaces and piazzas for meeting. When we see mobile technologies, social technologies and physical spaces intersecting very well, I think that is when we see what true learning is all about.

For more of Teemu’s ‘reflections on networked learning, knowledge and collaboration in organizations’ go to Tarina

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