[pullquote]Nota a mis lectores: este post pertenece a una asignación por pares del curso “Leaders of Learning” perteneciente a HardvardX del que prontamente les estaré hablando.[/pullquote]
People learn best when they are self-directed according to their needs and interests and when they are free to pursue the tools and resources needed to learn. Humans learn best in a natural way when they not only see, listen and talk about things but, above all, when they do things. But it is known that we are all different, so some people feel better when they are guided in the learning process; in this sense interaction with others are of huge importance. When people interact, no matter the place, they are able to learn from each other sharing not only information but values, points of view, norms, feelings, thoughts, etc.
Moocs are, then, a great digital space to learn. A person is free to be self-directed but at the same time is able to interact with others in groups or forums. As a matter of physical space to learn best, I think the open spaces born as a way for hosting meetings and community events focused on a specific purpose are an amazing way to learn in a collective way. This kind of spaces are based in the interaction with others in an informal way but at the same time the participants are able to move freely searching for their needs and interests as they are offered by others.
To sum up, a possibility to mix a distributed individual kind of space for learning and a collective one would be the best way to get an ideal learning space where people could self- direct their learning and interact with others to the extent they need.