organizing for the self learner

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Assigned a lesson on the Internet, a student is often left on her own to surf the web.

This is not all bad.

Consider the findings that followed the Hole-in-the-Wall project, and the work of Sugata Mitra (winner of the 2013 TED Prize).

Mitra’s team literally cut a hole in the wall between his workplace and a slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi, and placed an Internet-connected computer in that hole. It was an immediate attraction for the children who began to work cooperatively, exploring the web.

“Each time, the children were able to develop deep learning by teaching themselves.”
— The Power of Self-Organized Learning (Edutopia)

Mitra observed that given access to computers and the Internet, children can…

  • improve their mathematics and science scores in school
  • answer examination questions several years ahead of time
  • change their social interaction skills and value systems
  • form independent opinions and detect indoctrination

These were students working in groups, however.

What about individual who are working on their own, maybe at home?

How can we optimize their web browsing experience? What sort of remote assistance might we provide during those sessions? Where Mitra encourages a “self organized learning environment”, one might ask…

Can we organize a digital environment for learning by one’s self?

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