What have I gained from this conference? Lots of things that still need to be articulated - things to do with online and blended learning mostly. A lot of thinking about informal learning. The insight that the dichotomy between informal and formal learning implies that students learn differently in the two situations, which I don't think is true. I've been chucking the idea back and forth with lizit for the last couple of days and if anything I'm more confused now than I was before.* But, wherever my thoughts are taking me I think it's worth probing a bit more. I'm concentrating on what the literature says people do when they learn (which is the context of the wildfire activities stuff, which is how I got interested in it). I want to look at how that relates to formal learning contexts and whether and how much we could change formal systems to make more effective use of that.
And I have the germ of an idea about how to blend informal and formal learning contexts, which will remain mysterious for the time being while I work on it.
*That's not to imply that lizit is a bad teacher, far from it ;-)
And I got to meet a beautiful city.
Local transport. I didn't have the opportunity to try one.
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