Why becoming an UberSmart autonomous self-directed learner is essential for success ?
Plato had an inscription at his academy in Athens (ca 387 BC) that said ” let no one ignorant of geometry enter “.
The road to the 21st century has an unwritten advice ” Only UberSmart Self-directed Autonomous learners are welcome”. So no bans, but friendly advice.
Why is it so? We have moved over a relatively short period of a couple of decades to an information abundant and hyper-connected society. It’s greatest effect has been a greater challenge on all of us to become life-long learners, who have to continue to learn, unlearn and relearn for ever. Somewhat like in the Red Queen’s race in Lewis Carrol’s ‘ Through the looking glass’ wherein the Queen says “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
So, the ritual of education alone will not take you far. If you really want to go someplace, you have to do more than just traditional compliance with the mandatory requirements.
Let me explain the terms used in the title of this program. I coined the term UberSmart Learner to describe a learner who is well versed in current information skills and can learn almost anything on his/her own from existing information resources and social media, and demonstrate the learning at a comparable level to one who has been formally taught the same stuff, and then some more. That is the ‘uber. An automobile is something that moves on the basis of its own mechanisms, without having to be pulled or pushed by another. An auto-didact is one who is driven to learning on his own, and a self-directed learner can satisfactorily respond to why and what should he learn, how to learn and knowing that he has learnt what he set out to learn?
Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0.
Education 1.0, the ritual of education is largely a one-way process where the 3Rs are : receive in class lectures, respond by taking notes and re-gurgigate in exams.
Education 2.0 includes more interaction between the teacher and student; student to student; and student to content/expert. But we will move on to
Education 3.0 which is based on the belief that content is freely and readily available. It is self-directed, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation and creativity drive education.
Education 3.0 is a constructivist, heutagogical approach to teaching and learning. The teachers, learners, networks, connections, media, resources, tools create a a unique entity that has the potential to meet individual learners’, educators’, and even societal needs.
Many learners aren’t all that well prepared by traditional or present day schooling to handle the massive flow of information and the continual need for upgrading our knowledge and skills that are demanded for flourishing and thriving in the “knowledge, innovation, creative ideas economy” in which we now live.
Now we’re at the dawn of a new era, in which the focus has shifted to potential to deal with the future, rather than certified skills, knowledge or experience acquired in the past. In a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment (VUCA is the military-acronym-turned-corporate-buzzword), the most critical attribute is whether you have the potential to learn?
If you can’t wait to become a USASDL, all you have to do is to go to http://www.mmpant.net/USASDL and register for a FREE course for the same.
And this course will help you get ready to prosper and flourish in the future.
My best wishes for success.