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Phillip Schmidt is the co-founder and co-executive of Peer to peer University which is a web based learning community. Schmidt has background in computer science and economics and has worked as an IT consultant for the Accenture Center for Strategic Technology.

Phillip Schmidt

Quoting: Phillip Schmidt in The Digital Media and Learning Conference

  1. For a long time now we know that lectures are a really bad way of helping people learn, but we continue to do that anyway.
  2. What if we look at a different starting point, re imagine what online learning will look like.
  3. Online challenges are problem based learning online, big problems that are relevant to people’s lives…

In the first quote he says that we all know that lectures alone are a bad way to help people learn, but we do it anyway. I think that he’s right and that’s something that should change. I really enjoyed Phillip Schmidt TED talk because he managed to engage the audience and even though it was a TED talk he got the audience to participate in his layout.

I like that Phillip asked, what if we looked at a different starting point. I didn’t think of it before, but he was right we should look at educational resources with new eyes and see what could really happen.

Finally, his last quote which involved explaining what online challenges were but rather having it relate to his audience. In order to learn, there should be some sort of problem that powers your brain and it should definitely be something that you could relate to, it gives it meaning to the context and the context will live on.

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