Being free to direct our own learning is a gift.
The days of ‘one size fits all’ type learning programs, so typical of teacher training programs and professional development programs rife in our schools can at last be replaced by online learning programs in which teachers can determine their own learning path.
Writing about the inspirational value of learning online is an opportunity that has been given to me by Education Technology Solutions, an Australian based publication.
This, the fourth in a series of articles I have written for this magazine around the theme of lifelong learning: Be inspired! Learn Online! in which I describe a range of issues relating to online learning programs including the exciting possibility of schools developing their own ‘in house’ online learning programs has just been published in Education Technology Solutions – Issue 68, October/November 2015.
ABSTRACT: Online learning programs are a tangible alternative to traditional professional learning programs and enable participants to learn anything, anytime, anywhere with anybody in their local or global community. Online learning is a powerful way to increase skills, power lifelong learning and rejuvenate how teachers learn. Learning and sharing in cyberspace with educators across the world enables experienced and inexperienced teachers alike to share and exchange ideas, thoughts, and pedagogy.
Also published on the Educational Technology Solutions website, I’m pleased to also be able to share my article here:
Teachers, like the students in their schools, need to discover the joy of learning and its inherent power.
Whether it is the exploration of new skills, new tools or new pedagogy, the value of pursuing topics of personal interest in an online learning program in which self-directed exploration and discovery feature is a very powerful way to engage and excite the interest of teachers and can be the catalyst that lays the foundation for continued lifelong learning.