Community learning

What is community learning?

Let’s imagine people with “common needs engaging in shared discussions that will continue and grow over time, leading to complex webs of personal relationships and an increasing sense of identification with the overall community”. This is how John Hagel describes virtual community and this is how we could describe any learning community.

Take a school or a company. Students or employees get together on a daily basis, they share discussions, develop relationships and a common identity.  They build joint ownership, trust, mutual understanding.

I’d like now to take a sideway, sit in a park, enter a metro station or a public library, meet, listen, talk to people, start a dialogue. Another way to explore community learning.

Learning anywhere, anytime… Dismounting learning boundaries… (Re)discovering learning spaces.

Real and virtual worlds collide. Social networks boundaries get blurred. Real people meet in a coffee shop and later in Second Life.

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Can it be sustained?

Social interactions are central to learning. They can grow or disappear as quickly as they grew.

Any learning space, a park or a classroom has to be sustainable.

We use Hagel’s metrics to identify three main sustainability indicators any learning space’s designer should pay attention to:

- Return on Attention (RoA) – a learner has little attention to give and many options from which to chose -;

- Return on Information (RoI) – a learner has to share a lot of information about his aspirations and needs and requires a lot in return -;

- Return on Skills (RoS)– a learner wants to see his/her talent develop quickly.

A learning space is like any transactional space: exposed to harsh competition. Hopefully, this is above all a competition for happiness!

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