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Tuesday, November 26 • 14:55 - 15:25
A View of Personal Learning Paths in the Future of Lifelong and Lifewide Open Learning

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With the technologies of open education such as open educational resources (OER) and massive open online courses (MOOCs), opportunities for non-formal and informal learning are ubiquitous and information/knowledge access is easy. Learning can occur haphazardly at many different places including schools, homes, communities, workplaces, and public places, but often times individuals lack awareness of or means of tracking their own learning when it comes to learning outside of formal schooling.
Ideally learning for an individual should be holistic, not separating different contexts and different periods of his/her life. Potentials for linking informal or non-formal learning to formal learning have become salient. However, the means to assess and visualize one’s own lifewide and lifelong learning paths organizing all those learning resources are rarely discussed. With the current tremendous power of cloud computing, digital storage and mobile devices, technologies afford us to keep all the personal learning records throughout our lives as well as across different contexts of our lives on our personal clouds. These technologies also give the possibility of integrating and visualizing all the disparate learning and recognizing it throughout one’s life. The proposed presentation discusses potentials of the technologies to assist actualizing the vision. One of those technologies is blockchain. Blockchain technologies promise decentralized management of academic and professional credentials independent of any particular institutions or organizations who issue those credentials. The implementations of such technologies in educational credentialing is still in its infant stage; however, the premise such technologies hold is rather profound as it could fundamentally change the characteristics of higher education organizations that exist today. The presentation will present a view of the future of open learning in which one can keep track of all the learning and choose to share the processes and the results of those learning as s/he wishes.

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Kumiko Aoki

Professor, The Open University of Japan

Tuesday November 26, 2019 14:55 - 15:25 CET
BL27.06 ground floor classroom - Presentations