Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are very much on our minds here at the moment. This weekend, amidst the summer barbecues and World Cup parties ("Allez les Azzurri!") I found myself reflecting on the following things and the extent to which we concentrate on, facilitate or assess each with the adult learner :
working in a group
studying in a group
learning in a group
It feels as though we know a lot more about the first two. Much of the activities face-to-face and online are instances either of people working through set problems or helping themselves and each other prepare for an exam or an assignment. Learning in a group, on the other hand, requires an extra dimension. Reflection? Insight? Self-awareness?