I’ve been troubled for while about what’s at the top of the pyramid model. I explore this in a forthcoming book chapter:
Sharpe, R. (forthcoming 2014) What does it take to learn in next generation learning spaces? In Fraser, K. (ed) The future of teaching and learning in technology enabled, collaborative spaces, Emerald.
This chapter is driven by the question ‘What can learner experience research tell us about the attributes of successful online learners?’. It reports on a literature review which I hope will inform models of digital literacy – many of which are already showing signs of moving beyond specification of skills and competencies. The review draws on qualitative research arising from the field of learners’ experiences of e-learning. Although learner experience research has exposed and given a platform for authentic learners’ voices, it has been criticised for relying on small-scale research, and it has been a challenge to integrate the results from many studies in ways which produce meaningful advice for practitioners. The chapter demonstrates a way of reviewing and compiling current research using a qualitative meta-analysis.
Six attributes are identified and explored:
Although some of these attributes are applicable to all learning contexts, the attributes of being connected, confident, adaptable and intentional seem to be particularly important in learning in next generation learning spaces. The challenge is to design learning activities which encourage and reward the development of these attributes.
The hope is that this chapter provokes debate on what it now means to be a successful learner in today’s technology rich world.