Cloud 9: Learning in the Information Age


Series: Computer Science, Technology and Applications
BISAC: EDU039000

Education is the harbinger of change; technological learning in the Information Age is at the cusp of that change, bringing new technologies, enhanced interfaces, dialogue, mobile learning and networked resources that shape content, sharing and distribution of information. These aspects influence the people and society of the “climate century”. The Information Age follows the production of data in previously unheard quantities. In the early days of widespread computer usage, we had a plethora of theories with only a paucity of data. Now, the data we produce is so large that it requires new analytics and new patterns of interpretative meaning.

New methods of storage and analysis are needed in order to quantify ‘big data.’ But we live in uncertain times, in which even the climate—like financial markets is more volatile than it was in the pre-industrial second millennium, making technological adaptation ever more critical. This technological adaptation needs to occur in conjunction with an attitude which fosters a ‘caring curiosity’ for the biosphere which sustains us. Education is about gaining qualifications, but it is also about intrinsically dispelling uncertainty in the quest for knowledge and techniques to enhance the experience of life and living. Cloud 9: Learning in the Information Age explores some of the methods and learning techniques and technologies that help us to do this.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction: Education and the ‘Cloud’

Chapter One: A Global Context for Learning

Chapter Two: Too Much At Once

Chapter Three: Learning While Travelling

Chapter Four: Engagement in Learning

Chapter Five: The Meaning of Moocs

Chapter Six: Fairness in Work

Chapter Seven: Competition and Co-operation

Chapter Eight: Double Standards

Chapter Nine: Kaupapa Mâori Learning

Chapter Ten: The Characteristics of Work

Chapter Eleven: Safety at Work

Chapter Twelve: Neoliberalism and Education

Chapter Thirteen: Public and Private Partnerships

Chapter Fourteen: Motivation in Teaching and Learning

Chapter Fifteen: E-Learning and Distance Education

Chapter Sixteen: Open Educational Resources

Chapter Seventeen: Networking in Education

Chapter Eighteen: Technical and Vocational Education

Chapter Nineteen: Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism

Chapter Twenty: Public Relations and Globalisation

Conclusion: Twenty-First Century Learning

Index – References

Audience: General readers of serious non-fiction, communication and information knowledge workers, tertiary educators, distance educators, sustainability and environmental groups

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