Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WWW.KNEXT.COM "Leveraging your past to shape your future."

On a personal note, this is an exciting week for me. Almost 40 years ago, I was talking on Main St in Montpeleier, Vermont with a friend, Tom Evslin, about how to assess learning on the computer. He was, and is, a brilliant thinker in new applications for thecomputer, then the net and what is now the world wide web. My question was, why can't we simplfy the cumbersome computer protocols that existed in the mid-70's and do alot more assessing of personal and experiential learning via the computer? Tom said,  "We don't know how to do that, Peter. But someday we will."

With the advent of the world wide web and, more recently, social networking, his prediction has come true.  We do know how to do it. And this week we launched KNEXT a web-based learning support and assentment service that is available to anyone who wants to use it.

My purpose is to change the marketplace for adult learners, as learners and as consumers of higher education. We do the former by putting them in touch with what they already know (leveraging your past to create your future) and the latter by encouraging them to look for the postsecondary institutions and programs that will serve their needs and recognize the learning they have already achieved.

This is part of the great "mash-up" that I wrote about last week. The ability to convert personal learning into college credit at great scale has far-reaching implications for the future of access, success, and opportunity through post-secondary teaching and learning. What a week!

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