Faculty Seminar Series – Informal Learning in the Community

The next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

Informal Learning in the Community

Dr. Lu Xiao
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
&

Dr. Immaculate Namukasa
Faculty of Education

 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Please RSVP to Izabela Stec, istec2@uwo.ca if you plan to attend.
Refreshments will be provided.

All Welcome!

Abstract: Two research projects related to the theme of informal learning in the community will be discussed. In the first project, Civic Nexus, we (Lu Xiao and her colleagues at Pennsylvania State University) worked with small community groups to help them leverage IT in their daily practices. Upon reflecting on our interactions with the community members, we recognized the development of different roles that the members took in the process. The transition from one role to another was often facilitated by interventions our research team made to initiate and sustain the informal learning. In the second project, Community-based Informal Learning Workshops, we (Lu Xiao, Immaculate Namukasa, and collaborators in Beijing Normal University) design a parent-child math workshop model that offers a series of workshops to engage learners and their parents in math activities. The workshops will be offered to the local communities in Nanjing, China and London, Canada; and include an online environment to foster the participants to share their work. At the early stage of this project, the talk will focus on the workshop planning, and the observed challenges and opportunities in an international education research project.

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