The Best of [RE]LEARN and what "new normal" looks like

Highlights from our [RE]LEARN global conversation held earlier this week and why a return to "normality" and old practices post-Covid would be a huge missed opportunity

Over 1,000 people tuned in last Tuesday to our [RE]LEARN global conversation (with a further 3,000 watching the livestream playback) on the topic of online learning versus 'online schooling', a particularly contentious topic given the current challenges presented by Covid-19 in which over 1 billion children are out of school and learning from a remote learning home-based environment.

We will be sharing more information over the coming days and in the meantime, you can find the key summaries and take-aways from last Tuesday's event here below:

WATCH EVENT VIDEO: Livestream Playback Recording

Event Take-aways & Slides:

Here's a selection of some of the best soundbites and key take-aways from our diverse group of education experts and thought leaders:

We need to relearn now. We must take advantage of this moment to move beyond old practices and status quo to focus truly on learning. 

We are likely on the verge of the “no normal”. Will Richardson shared that we have moved from a “new normal” to what we can call “no normal” in which there are no rules and limitations in terms of how we can see and experience learning 

Make education about all aspects of our lives — not just about school. 

Young people need to do things that spark their creativity. This current confinement situation also presents an opportunity for young people to find their own path and create their own projects. 

Don’t worry, the kids are still learning — without the constrains of curriculums and academic pressure from the school environment kids are finding new ways to learn and self-direct their own learning. 

It’s still about connections, relationships and feedback in the online learning environment 

Fear of failure is the killer of creativity. Perhaps in the online environment there is more creative freedom and space for failure, enabling kids to be bolder and learn from mistakes more readily. 

Timetables must be different and more flexible to avoid putting unrealistic pressures and constraints on families 

Don’t over assess — provide space for creative outputs and find new ways to share and measure progress. The Learnlife bi-weekly “Open Cams” (virtual open mics were cited by Sigurlaug as an example 

Wellness for all is vital — educators, learners and parents 

The best outcome and measure is a generation of healthier, happier young people who can thrive in the new tomorrow, or the “no normal” of the future. 

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