In the current time, when the practitioners are trying to include the less literate people in technology-induced learning by reducing various access barriers, it warrants a thorough critical understanding of the learning contexts and variables that are placed within such settings. In what ways, the illiterate and the less literate people use their past experiential (Dewey, 1938, Kolb, 1977) and transformational knowledge (Mezirow, 1990; Kegan, 2008) to engage in a (technology oriented) unfamiliar learning environment is academically less explored. The way they overcome their limitations of cognitive development (due to illiteracy) (Medhi, Lakshmanan, Toyama & Cutrell, 2013) and how the learning environment needs overhauling so that it can be useful for them, requires exploration beyond current understanding. Disruptive learning is not about the disruptive technology, but it is about the learning process which is unknown and unseen to them. It is the process that can break through their perceived negativity with traditional learning experiences and give them an opportunity to engage in meaningful learning with less presence of the traditional teacher.
This presentation seeks to reveal theoretical propositions of ‘Disruptive learning’ which can guide practitioners to overcome the common barriers and challenges in getting the adult illiterates active into knowledge construction process. A clear understanding of the complex cognitive considerations that are to be faced in both ‘design of learning’ and ‘design for learning’ stages of the deployment will be presented. This presentation is supported by empirical findings of two such field research: one tablet based learning environment (running since 2012) and one VR-based learning environment (running since 2016) which led to understanding the ‘Disruptive learning’ process. Attendees of this session will be able to reflect on how contemporary innovations can be made an integral part of an educational environment that caters to the most challenging group of learners.
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