Empowering professional learners to capture and share their own content
These pages support recent Interactive Media research on empowering professional learners to capture and share their own content. It reflects a shared body of research, which is in the process of being integrated into the Prolearn professional learning communications infrastructure. We introduce some innovative concepts and tools that are now in use in the Prolearn community, with some simple first samples of their use and some future use scenarios: wikis, blogs, podcasts, videoblogs and rich media.
Much work arising from the academic world focuses on empowering the teacher, mentor or facilitator in the formal learning process. From this perspective, the learner is often seen as the relatively passive consumer of learning. When teachers use tools, they typically seek to make 'teaching' more productive. In the tradition of constructivist pedagogy, that logic is turned around and those same tools can be repurposed, or simply reused, by the learners themselves to make 'learning' more effective. Use of new media tools such as blogs, wikis and other communicative or multimedia assets by learners is relatively new in professional learning contexts. In this paper we will briefly review the top 5 content creation concepts from an interactive media perspective.
Firstly, we will explore the concept of Wikis in the Workplace. The Wiki offers a new collaborative concept for making open contributions to 'shared web community'. Next, we will briefly discuss the potential of Blogging for Business, which has already attracted significant attention in the corporate and learning communities. Thirdly, we will note the possibilities of Podcasting for Professionals in this specific user-lead context. The newest variant of this work is still emerging as a question about the value of VideoBlogging to personalise the learner in the workplace. Finally, we will present a very simple analysis of the professional learner use scenarios for the morass of Rich Media Content Construction Kits that are available to learners and teachers alike.
We should stress that each of these topics deserves a much more full treatment than we are able to give in this document. In this work we seek only to sketch the scenarios and make the concepts available to the Professional Learning community. This work is ongoing.