Exploring new learning paradigms in ODL: A reflection on the paper of Barber, Donnelly and Rizvi (2013): “An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead”.

  • Tom H Brown UNISA
Keywords: navigationism, navigationist, constructivism, connectivism, learning, learning paradigm, knowledge era, beyond constructivism, new learning paradigms, learning in the digital age, navigating skills, open and distance learning

Abstract

The paper of Barber, Donnelly & Rizvi (2013): “An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead”  addresses some significant issues in higher education and poses some challenging questions to ODL (Open and Distance Learning) administrators, policy makers and of course to ODL faculty in general.  Barber et al.’s paper does not specifically address the area of teaching and learning theories, strategies and methodologies per se.  In this paper I would therefore like to reflect on the impact that the contemporary changes and challenges that Barber et al. describes, have on teaching and learning approaches and paradigms.  In doing so I draw on earlier work about future learning paradigms and navigationism (Brown, 2006).  We need a fresh approach and new skills to survive the revolution ahead.  We need to rethink our teaching and learning strategies to be able to provide meaningful learning opportunities in the future that lies ahead.

Author Biography

Tom H Brown, UNISA

Prof Tom H Brown (PhD)

Institute for Open & Distance Learning (IODL)

College of Graduate Studies

UNISA

Published
2015-11-02
How to Cite
Brown, T. H. (2015). Exploring new learning paradigms in ODL: A reflection on the paper of Barber, Donnelly and Rizvi (2013): “An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead”. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(4). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v16i4.1952
Section
Notes From Leadership in Open and Distance Learning