The realm of online education have endorsed ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) and there is progress in ‘Open Learning’. Stephen Downes write:

When you learn as a network, you cannot teach one fact after another [...] It is the process of pattern recognition that we want to develop, and not the remembering of facts [...] These principles are, briefly, autonomy, diversity, openness and interactivity [...] Flow is what happens when your content and your data becomes unmanageable. Flow is what happens when all you can do is watch it as it goes by – it is too massive to store, it is too detailed to comprehend. Flow is when we cease to think of things like contents and communications and even people and environments as things and start thinking of them as (for lack of a better word) media – like the water in a river, like the electricity in our pipes, like the air in the sky.

Csikszentmilhalyi’s theory of flow, offers further insights into students’ experiences of learning by tapping into the balance between the challenge inherent in the work they are asked to do in classrooms and their skills to do that work (CEA)

The third’Generation of E-learning is ‘Open Assessment‘ and Mozilla’s Open Badges project will let you gather badges from any site on the Internet, combining them into a story about what you know and what you’ve achieved.

When the first software developer gets a job from Google, with a badge from Mozilla, the flood doors are going to open. (Philipp Schmidt)

This is very exciting for 21st century skills and I can’t keep my fingers off this Badge Revolution’.  In the beginning of this year I facliltated the P2PU course “EduToolkit – Teachers Open Online Learning” and we are now ready to hand out the community badges:

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