Monday, May 09, 2016

The Collaborative Economy - Channel NewsAsia TV series

Happened on this series of documentaries as I check in on  Asian news through Channel New Asia website about once a week. Also do a similar thing with European / World news via BBC.

The series 'New World without Strangers' is hosted by Henry Golding and now on to the fifth episode.

The first episode focused on home sharing, featuring AirBnb with hosts in China, Singapore and South Korea. The following episodes involve ride sharing (Uber), sharing items (peer to peer renting - rent tycoons), meal sharing (meetup ; zipbob; bonappetour) and sharing with the community.

So what about the educaitonal sector. A quick google search reveals peer - peer learning platforms including tribelearn and P2PU with inklings for a host of startups. Traditional LMS with their ubiquitous 'discussion forums' also provide the tools for peer to peer learning.

What makes education different from the rest of the 'collaborative' economy? Learning can be thought of as an asset as well. Peer learning has always been advocated as an effective method to assist with learning - for example see the work of Hattie and Timperley on feedback.
Language learning comes to mind - the nextweb provide a blog summarising 8 tools for language learning includes a couple of tools to learn with and from others.
Also many of the DYI sites - like this one on cake decorating - sprout facebook sites to allow the learners to clarify their learning as it proceeds, providing Just in time assistance as and when required.

The maker culture (see Core Ed for NZ educational perspective) and growth of maker spaces (see NZ example) have also firmed up with a journal bringing the study of collaboration within this evolving culture into academic inquiry.

Therefore, need to keep in touch with this area of as there are contributions to how educators think of learning and it's provision. When learning is individually self-driven, there are platforms and tools now which will assist with the gaining of skills and knowledge without recourse to stepping into or enrolling into a formal programme. How can educational institutes, still very much in the 'gate-keeping' and awarding of qualifications mode adapt?

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