Sunday, March 11, 2007

Using Web 2.0 (and Web 3.0) tools to support Recognition of Prior Learning.

On Friday the 9 March I attended a workshop that focused on the ways in which recognition of existing skills of learners could accelerate their progression to a qualification. Accelerating learners achievement of qualifications is seen as one way of addressing the skills shortage in NSW and Australia.

I had always viewed Web 2.0 tools as a vehicle for engagement, relevance and a new paradigm of learning, but the capacity to capture and store user generated content for the purpose of recognition of skills is also apparent.

Using Web 2.0 tools to support recognition processes is certainly a higher strategic priority in VTE in NSW than shifting the educational paradigm to embrace connectivism.

Practically, Web 2.0 has lots of applications for collecting and storing evidence for RPL. I haven't researched the current uses of Web 2.0 in RPL but it is clear that there is a place for challenge tests on wikis, and reflections and videos of student work on blogs, or even moblogs for the purpose of evidence of achievement of skills. Add Web 3.0 and 3D worlds like Second Life and it just gets sexier!


Matts Avatar said...

Annnnnneeeeeee its Matty H here, how are you doing? Im horribly bored, im waiting out to find out if i have this job, they should tell me this week, or at least tell me if im at the 2nd part of the interview yet, but anyways, throw me an email when you get the chance, im boreder then a brick sitting in a steel works! CYA ANNE!

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Kerry Barlow said...

Hi Anne - enjoyed your presentation at the Curriculum Centre yesterday. I would have liked the opportunity to raise a number of issues relating to learning styles & theories associated the different technologies you showcased - eg deep learning Vs shallow learning; entertainment Vs true engagement; young learners and mature learners. As always, our Education Forums here raise interest & awareness, but there is always too much to do in our busy daily operational processes and insufficient time to reflect, blog (even locate the best blog spots). One of the reasons I set up the Google blog alerts for keywords was an attempt to locate the better blogspots - but don't really get the time to join in. But I have taken up your challenge to send you a comment, at least. Maybe a debate at the next ICVET conference around these related issues would be something we could suggest to Lynne Stallard. What do you think??

Leigh Blackall said...

Hi Anne. I agree that this is of more immediate importance than changing the paradigm. Where can I get a recording of the presentation/talk

botts said...

hey anne

been a long time since i read anything of yours so coming across this was very cool.

part of the web 2.0 challenge, when it comes to rpl, is to remember that we are all members of the ubiquitous community of learning. this leads me to ponder on the broader possibilities of the things that people do that could be used for rpl.

as i've said many times before - as an example of this - the students who do lan parties should be able to rpl those skills against the IT certificates they do etc etc etc.

have a great day