Group One Wiki Notes: Informal Learning

88514759_cbe81239ab_t.jpg Informal learning, and the role of the mentor in choice making.
Technologies that facilitate collaboration and communication are opening up the learning environment beyond the traditional classroom walls. In a world where learning experiences take place outside the classroom as often as within it -- or possibly even more often -- informal learning is a key means of constructing knowledge. Paired with mentoring, informal learning is a powerful tool for education.

Please consider any five of the following questions as you explore the theme of informal learning and the role of the mentor in choice making.

1. What tools support informal learning and connecting with mentors?

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2. Who can serve as mentors? How can they be matched with learners?

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3. Which subjects or disciplines are best suited to informal learning and mentoring? Which are least suited?

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4. What kinds of choices are mentors especially helpful in making?

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5. What are the unique implications for the K-12 level? the postsecondary level? for lifelong or independent learners?

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6. What are the policy implications?

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7. What are some promising examples? (please list URLs if possible)

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8. What are some of the roadblocks?

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Action Steps

List the top three to five action steps that could be taken right now towards implementing this idea. Which people or organization(s) might be able to take each action?

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