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ERIC Number: EJ1147604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Disruptive Innovation of Self-Organized Learning Environments
Weisblat, Gina Z.; McClellan, Jeff
Childhood Education, v93 n4 p309-315 2017
Education is undergoing tremendous change. Technology and communication are central to this change, as speed and accessibility have increased exponentially. Learners' content knowledge is no longer as valuable as their "content navigation skills," and teachers' expertise is no longer beholden to didactic instruction. Education must accommodate this information age and the needs of undefined future employers. This article discusses a new approach to education known as the self-organized learning environment (SOLE) that is being utilized in northeast Ohio. SOLE offers a promising pathway through which to engage 21st-century learners through the integration of technology as support for the learner as a leader of his or her own learning experience, and transforms the teacher into a navigator, coach, and co-architect in that experience. Since its 2015 launch in northeast Ohio, SOLE Cleveland (SOLE CLE) has had a positive impact in formal environments (traditional classrooms) and informal environments (adult training programs, after-school programs, and professional development forums) alike.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A