Our basic idea is this: digital technology makes it possible to learn, to teach – and also to work, to communicate and to manage – in new, more productive and more stimulating ways.
The LATINA courses are meant to support people who want to make – or at least to study – the transition from the traditional to the new. We only offer a bridge. Once people have crossed the bridge, they have to continue on their own.
If LATINA were a university program, participants could spend three or five or eight years to do further training – inside the new environment. But most of the people we work with are busy with their own work already.
In today’s world most digital learning must be based on the principle: Teach yourself. The best we can hope for is to demonstrate the possibility of self-directed learning.
The web makes it easy to find the resources for that. But learning will still take time. There is no deep secret here.
Kids master many aspects of the web because they spend lots of time on the web.
Adults who want to understand, or to do serious work with, the web must do the same. Musicians must play on their instruments. Cooks must learn in the kitchen. Runners must train on the road.
There is no substitute for practice: time on task.
- P 54/11: Outside the box. Be the change that you want to see (Gandhi)
- Pictures chosen by LATINA participants.
- P 53/11: LATINA readings 2011. Intense debate about education and the Web.