Free online courses at Harvard and MIT

Seniors Aloud proving that there is never a time to stop learning – excited by the new opportunities presented by MOOCs.

For older adults and retirees keen on going back to school again, this news is heaven-sent. With an empty nest at home and time on their hands, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to acquire new knowledge and prevent the brain from getting rusty.

If you think that your age might pose an obstacle to learning, look at Dr Allan Stewart a former dental surgeon from Australia. Last Friday he obtained his fourth degree – Master in Clinical Science (Complementary Medicine) at the ripe old age of 97!!!  He currently holds the world record for being the oldest graduate.

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Why Be Literate?

Korea Maria has posted a copy of her paper in L500 Issues in Literacy, Culture and Language, Spring 2012, April 24, 2012

She reviews why literacy is important and suggests that traditional literacies are not less important with the wider usage of digital media, but they are also required for navigating digital media literacy.

Are we to acquire digital literacy like a first language? Or do we need to identify the various knowledge that a learner has before coming to school to become traditionally literate, a funds of knowledge approach, and extend this explicit incorporation of home language, literacies, and culture into both literacy development in schools as well as digital media literacy. Or is it time to relinquish our dependence on schools as arbiters of literacy altogether?

She reflects on Korean cultures and those of immigrants in Korea with the influence from Western nations and how that has affected people and changed their perspectives and identity. She questions whether the change brought about through digital media is leaving people who may never have developed literacies traditionally either,  even further behind and suggest that other literacies including critical thinking, questioning of ethics are needed in order to weather the change.

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