I don't really think there's any new way of learning, but we may need to experiment with its delivery.At first I nodded my head, but then I started to wonder...
This is similar to the question raised in Brain 2.0 and I'm not really sure where we landed in that discussion. At the time, I said:
I'm not claiming that the brain itself has changed, but instead what's changing is:And I still feel we are vastly underestimating what is happening around all of this.
- access to information
- access to other people
- access to smart systems
- Our Better Memory changes what we remember, how we remember, how we find and filter information (Information Radar), how we process information (Processing Link Pages).
- The Social Grid and Network Learning have changed when and how we Search which is actually quite a change from how many of us learned to acquire information when we were in college.
So, back to the original question - new way of learning?
Part of the answer of whether there are new ways of learning is how we interpret the "way of learning." What is learning? Some definitions:
- the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
- refers to the acquisition, and transfer to long-term memory, of experience, Information, and Knowledge, which may subsequently be used for solving problems, making decisions, and creating new knowledge
If I look at the result of learning which according to the above definitions:
- skill or knowledge
- subsequently be used for solving problems, making decisions, and creating new knowledge
- what we learn
- how we choose what needs to be committed to long term memory vs. electronic memory
- what we need from a future look up standpoint
- how we solve problems and make decisions
I believe the way I learn today is very different than the way I learned 10 years ago. And dramatically differently than I the way I learned 25 years ago.