Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.1. Access, use and manage suitable learning resources.

ryanrori December 29, 2020

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The focus in this section is on learning resources, and this section will look in particular at what these are and how to select them as effectively as possible to help learning.

First, we should understand what we mean by ‘learning’. Learning happens when we acquire any new knowledge, skill, attitude or value that changes how we think or do things, or even feel about a subject. When we have learned something, we have better skills in doing something, we have more knowledge about it, we have a different attitude towards it, and perhaps our values have changed in some way.

A learning resource contains information for learning. When we use any resource to get information, it becomes a learning resource.

Relevant learning resources are identified. 

The learning resource that you will probably be most familiar with is the textbook that you had at school. This contained information on a particular subject that you were required to learn. We will look at a wide range of learning resources, but let us first look at where we can go to find large numbers of learning resources

  1. Resource centres: Most communities have well equipped resource centres such as libraries
  • Literature: Books, magazines, newspapers.
  • Internet:
  • The Internet is open – No-one owns the Internet, it is open to anyone who has the tools and skill to use it.
  • The Internet is distributed – The information on the Internet is spread over several servers. There is no point of control.
  • The Internet is dynamic – The information on the Internet changes all the time.
  • The Internet is globally accessible- No matter where you are you can access the internet if you have the necessary tools.
  • The Internet is asynchronous – E-mail and computer conferencing are examples.
  • The Internet is filtered – Users can become anonymous.
  • The Internet is interactive – Opportunity to interact.
  • The Internet is archival – Permanent records available in libraries, mailing lists etc.
  • The Internet is an hypermedia environment
  • Other people: Field specialists, lecturers, friends and family.