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Learning

Do you know how to tie a necktie or two-step? If so, someone probably took the time with to show you each step—how to start the Double Windsor or how to lead the dance.

Do you know how to act when waiting in line to use an ATM machine? It’s unlikely someone told you to avert your eyes and keep your distance while someone uses one of these machines, but for some reason, people generally know how to behave around ATMs.

Learning is voluntary and involuntary. It doesn’t require wealth nor is it geographically specific. It can cost nothing when it happens via word of mouth or it can be monetized to empower those who keep knowledge and subdue those who want it. Digital technologies have extended learning beyond the physical classroom and have made it possible for information to be shared just about everywhere. Edutainment has made learning fun, gamification and badges have made learning competitive, and project based learning has given knowledge an applied edge.

As learning takes on more faces and technologies make it more widespread, new ways of learning will continue to evolve. This fall, xdMFA will explore learning—both voluntary and involuntary—as we discover ways people make meaning as they gain new knowledge.