A new development in adventure learning (AL) is the concept of a user-driven adventure learning environment (UDALE), in which learners create and share self-initiated AL projects online. Such environments allow learners to share their own AL projects with the world in a pedagogically meaningful way. They also allow learners to act as teachers and facilitators, strengthening their knowledge of a subject and a geographical area as they communicate to others about it, and practice their social networking skills as they interact with others online around a topic that is important to them.
One of the challenges to date with implementing UDALE has been that there are no existing online environments or tools that provide the optimal structure and scaffolding needed for teachers and learners to be able to easily create and share an AL project. That has just changed with the introduction of the WeExplore online learning environment from the LT Media Lab.
The AL principles, practice, and community models.
WeExplore is a unique adventure learning (AL) environment that provides learners with the opportunity to become explorers pursuing answers to their own questions, and to then share their findings with the world. This custom-designed environment scaffolds learners through the process of creating an AL project, allowing them to contribute to world knowledge about contemporary issues through a personal lens. Learners can follow along with other teams whose projects interest them even as they share their own project online. We’re certain they will also have lots of fun while learning!
Visit WeExplore at http://we-explore.com.
WeExplore is supported in part by a grant from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation.