New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 3)

A learning environment for the 21st century should mix methods, and practices from the worlds of formal and informal education. It should be participatory, democratic, open, dialogic, multicultural, interactive, networked, dynamic, collaborative, descentralized, student-centered, immersive, and contextual. This learning environment requires an innovative pedagogy that fosters applying constructivism, multimodality, project-, process-, and inquiry-based learning, critical […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 2)

Technical and Mindset Shifts Across several books and articles, Lankshear and Knobel have conceptualized the new literacies as social practices that have “new technical stuff” and “new ethos stuff.” On the one hand, the “new technical stuff” is related to the new kind of expressive media tools that are available to people such as personal […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 1)

In the contemporary context of cultural, historical, economical, and societal transformations, the design and practice of learning environments is changing both in formal and informal education institutions. Despite the multiples barriers that a school system rooted in 19th and 20th centuries industrial paradigms offers, innovative educators are designing and implementing responsive learning environments to support […]

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Open Data in Latin America: Promises, Challenges, and Opportunities

While corruption continues to be pervasive at all layers of society in Latin American countries, the region has become a leader in commitments to open data and open government. A combination of factors has created the appropriate climate among governments, civil society, and private sector, to introduce a series of recommendations, good practices, and strategies […]

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