It was great to meet so many committed Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) at the Communications Workers Union network conference in Bournemouth today. We covered a lot in a short space of 10 minutes that I was given to address Informal and non formal learning in a digital age. ( I did run over a bit!).
It seems a good idea to offer you ULRs (and anyone else reading the blog) some URLs(Uniform Resource Locators – web addresses to most of us) ,
Non-formal learning a definition which places this as structured learning with no formally accredited outcome
Cultures of the Internet in Britain – report from Oxford Internet Survey 2013 – identified 5 typologies of user.
Open Educational Resources OERs a definition
OERs – on Jorum Repository – many open materials produced with public funding in the UK.
OpenLearn – free and open materials from the open university
Community Learning Innovation Fund – these ‘projects in a box’ have materials and methods which can be shared. These innovative community learning projects were funded by Skills Funding Agency and managed by NIACE .
Futurelearn a consortium of UK universities offering MOOcs
The Maths MOOC – not yet live but this link gives details of the Citizens’ Maths MOOC
And finally ——- the MOOC I have signed up for and which I am determined to complete Introducing Ecosystems