This Chapter is like a conclusion of this book and it also gives us a prospect of OCL. Actually, Internet has changed the world a lot. However, because we are in this changing period we can hardly feel these changes. We think all of these changes are merited science the invention of Internet. For example, when I was in primer school my teacher told us that Internet will change the way we live. Maybe in the near future we can work at home, all we need to do are get up and open our computers and then we can work with colleagues. I have to say, now it comes true but I do not think it is a big change, because my teacher told me that. Only when we compare the technologies now with those a few years before we can feel the big change.
How ever the education model is nearly not change. We still use tradition model lasted hundreds years. Knowledge transmission is still functioning well but it does not mean we do not need to change it. Even we use many new online technologies in education but we just use them like vehicles. We need to use OCL to encourage people to think and engage much more people into knowledge building. I am not sure whether OCL has a good future but I think it is a good beginning.
Chapter 10 provided a good summary of the Knowledge Society topic. The scale of storage units is always an interesting thing to consider. I guess that there will need to be a new unit post-Yottabyte to describe the amount of knowledge we have created, and this will not be too far down the road.
One of the prospects that resonated with me as mentioned in this chapter was the concept of ‘lifelong learning’. When I was younger, before I began to embrace all that 21st century technology had to offer, I had always viewed education as a very linear ‘start-to-finish’ kind of process; I had naively viewed education as somewhat of an ‘ends’. But now, with the plethora of sources available, and even with programs like ‘continuing studies’ offered at our university and those of the like, I can see that the learning definitely does not have to end the moment you are handed that slip of paper at your convocation ceremony. There are so many opportunities to expand your repertoire of knowledge and so many rich resources (both free of charge and those with a cost) that can propel you be a lifelong learner.
I personally like to try to learn/dabble in anything I can get my hands on outside of the classroom (i.e., design, music, online skill sets, etc.) so with the never-ending amount of sources available out there, primarily in the digital sphere, such as online tutorials, videos, articles, and newfound like-minded individuals whom I have had the pleasure of connecting with through social media avenues, I can take it upon myself to take advantage of these sources and really learn any soft or hard skill that I would like either by myself, or with others, voluntarily and freely. Investing in knowledge is the best investment in my mind.
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