Kalika Kastein, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
“We live in such an amazing world. Things that we thought would be science fiction exist, where you can reach everything at every time, any time,” stated Diane Von Furstenberg in a promotional video for Google Glass. Wearable technologies, like Google Glass, have evolved and supported flexible learning that can take place any time, any place, and by various means. Early definitions of wearable technology viewed wearables as self-powered and self-contained. However, this view of wearables as detached tools has since progressed to include integrative devices that serve as bodily extensions to the wearer. Wearable technologies have also been at the crux of a digital shift from simulation to augmentation.
Oonagh McGirr, Deputy Chief Executive for Learning and Teaching Services at Otago Polytechnic and a Director of the Open Education Resource Foundation, currently seconded as Senior Advisor (Quality and Academic) to Te Pūkenga, highlights the opportunities to innovate through new strategies and systems, to place flexible learning at the heart of vocational education. Continue reading “Placing flexible learning at the heart of vocational education”