One of the key elements to the development of effective Global E-Learning Hubs is that their guiding purpose should be to develop purposeful networked relationships with all the stakeholders who desire to make the learning experiences of today's learners and tomorrow's learners a true reflection of what "life-long learning" was meant to be for all people regardless of their station in life. With that in mind, the following are the characteristics that I would envision such a hub should have and I am open to suggestions:
- Learning Community: In order to promote "life-long learning" for all people who are part of the family of countries of a specific portal, the E-Learning Hub should be the place where people can receive guidance in developing a individualized learning plan that fits their future goals as citizens of their respective countries. This is where they will be able to feel connected to other people from their family of countries socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. It is a place where regardless of your station in life, you enjoy equity with all other learners because you are guided by one vision. This is also the place that when they log in, they may access the learning experiences that are required in order to satisfy the needs of their individualized learning plans. Easy access to open collaboration with others in this learning hub will help promote community.
- Professional Collaboration and Innovation Community: The Global E-Learning Hub is also the place where professional instructional designers, innovators, educators, trainers get together to design learning experiences for learners. It is here that cross disciplinary learning is a guiding force in the design of learning experience. The work that is prototyped is then shared with two networks: (a) Global Corporate Trainers, ID and LPE Networks and (b) Cross Disciplinary Research and mentor Networks. The purpose of this sharing is to have the work discussed within the framework of current global business needs and the needs of the scientific disciplines. Recommendations for change and innovation may then be made to the respective networks and/ re-thinking of the prototype efforts. (More will be detailed about these networks in followup posts.)
- Student-Mentor Relationships: This is the place where students are linked up with the Cross Disciplinary Research and Mentor Network. As students progress through their individualized learning plan, a learning profile that details their goals and progress is continually updated and detailed. The student is requested to give permission for their profiles to be made available to this network. A mentor from the scientific/arts disciplines is matched up with the student based upon the student's goals and also the talents and aptitudes of the student. The purpose is for the mentor to develop a guiding relationship with the student to make sure that the student's efforts lead to growth. The mentor will also be part of an assessment team who evaluate students' efforts in their courses, offering a voice from the point of view of their respective disciplines.
Mark Zuckerberg has the mission right. In E-Learning, we not only have to take this mission on but go much further in the goal of bringing order and form to a noble enterprise such as life-long learning.
Next..... Looking at the the other collaborative networks that should have a relationship with the Global E-Learning Hub