#LearningIs ...

I just watched a video of teachers at Geelong College responding to the question What is Learning? (the video is below - take a look).

From this, the many definitions and perspectives that were offered made me think that each could be elaborated on, supported with pedagogical theory and opened up for further discussion.

It's a question of deep interest to me, and probably all other educators around the globe. I previously wrote on the subjects of the meaning of pedagogy and the meaning of education, and attempted to address the question 'what is learning?' I have also written extensively on the many ways we learn using technology. But what do we really mean by 'learning' and are there any universal constants?

With thanks to Aussie educator Aaron Davis for sharing the link on Twitter, I'm planning to write a series of posts about learning called '#LearningIs....' If you have any '#LearningIs...' statements, post them in the comments box below, and I'll get cracking!


 What is Learning? from CLRI on Vimeo.

Image by Jessica Duensing on Flickr

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Steve - On a discussion board in a graduate course on Innovations in Teaching and Learning we did something similar. Each of us created and responded to definitions of learning, teaching, creativity, and innovation. An interesting exercise that provoked consideration of the essential elements and nuances of the words we use so often. Here's a summary of my thoughts on the matter. http://milestomes.com/?p=3004
Sue Beckingham said…
#Learning is an opening of the mind to new concepts, approaches and views; and the permission to question, discuss, challenge and even adapt these.
Steve Wheeler said…
Nice one. Thanks Miles.
Steve Wheeler said…
I think we can all run with those Sue ;)
Anonymous said…
Thanks for sharing our video Steve. Look forward to following and contributing to your series of future posts!
Aaron Davis said…
#Learning is uncanny. Sometimes it is only with the distance of time that you can fathom how far you have come. Like the zoom in routine, we are given a perspective that haunts us as the image becomes clearer. Although things like Understanding by Design and end of lesson exit ticket try and track learning, there is often so much more going on.
Alan said…
At the place I started my career, the Maricopa Community Colleges, this was an organizational initiative that started in the early 1990s producing a paper in 1997 called "learning@maricopa.edu" http://web.archive.org/web/20110614160346/http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/learning/ -- the office I worked in facilitated this project led by the systems Academic Vice Chancellor (I suggested the title which at the time was also a contact email for the project).

One of the outcomes was a mission to build an online database of all the innovative practices in the ten college system. This was my project that ends up as the Maricopa Learning eXchange or MLX http://web.archive.org/web/20110614160346/http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/mlx A paper I read in 2000 by this Canadian guy named Downes got me including RSS feeds for every kind of query in the system. All kinds of things came after.

That was an era of extremely strong but hands off leadership, to put into place an idea that learning should drive a system.

Oi that was an unexpected nostalgic trip...
Sue said…
Learning is a change in thinking and behaviour. From Steven Katz and Lisa Davk in "Intentional Interruption". This is my go to definition.

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