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  • At first glance, I thought to myself, "well why don't we want to leverage personalized learning?!?" Many a person has said that they are a [visual/audio/independent study] type of learning, or "I learn better when [blank condition]".  But...
  • Slides for an FST workshop on teaching about an alternative approach to instructional design that complements (but does not replace) an engineering approach to building learning experiences. In part its about advance design - having a conversation...
  • Mark A. McCutcheon posted to the wire 2 days ago
    The “Latent News”: #Surrealist found poetry as media criticism #FairDealing #fairuseweek2015
  • Mushtaq Ahmad commented on the blog JQUERY PROPOSAL February 26, 2015 - 5:58pm
    Please need more detail about "the page" that your are referring in you proposal.
  • Madelaine Befus posted to the wire February 26, 2015 - 3:58pm
    US News Headline: Fast, Fair and Open: FCC Proclaims Internet a Utility
  • Shafiq commented on a bookmark Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning" - Alfie Kohn February 25, 2015 - 1:28pm
    Thanks for sharing Jon, and that article is mind blowing and full of reality. What we are facing today is control on human thought, rather than giving everyone ability to learn in enjoyable, flexible and creative manner. In general sense, what...
  • Alfie Kohn is one of my favourite writers and this is a good example of why. Kohn's basic concern with personalized learning is that  "Each of us can do what he likes as long as he ends up fundamentally similar to everyone else" but he drills...
    • Thanks for sharing Jon, and that article is mind blowing and full of reality. What we are facing today is control on human thought, rather than giving everyone ability to learn in enjoyable, flexible and creative manner. In general sense, what students are racing for is to get better grades at the end of course and very few actually taking just for the sack of actual learning, is that pressure from society, your family, your co-worker and from within.

      I am big fan of Open Learning Concept where there is no boundary, no restriction and at least no money involve. Anyone can share and learn from each other by collaborating.

      We should consider our self as students for life, like a famous saying "Learn like you never going to die, and live like you will die tomorrow" apologies if did not say it right.

      Thanks again 

      Shafiq February 25, 2015 - 1:28pm

    • At first glance, I thought to myself, "well why don't we want to leverage personalized learning?!?" Many a person has said that they are a [visual/audio/independent study] type of learning, or "I learn better when [blank condition]". 

      But after reading the referenced article, I can see what was meant - it's not what I thought at all. I don't know whether the "each person has their own learning style" stuff is myth or not, but I can see the controversy. It sounds like people are capitalizing on these 'myths' - true or not.

      These notions seem to be conventional wisdom, so leave it to the free market to capitalize on parents who want to believe that their *ahem* snowflake is different from every other snowflake. It seems that rather than teachers adjusting to their students, or tweaking a class or grouping of students, it makes the education system formulaic. This idea of personalized learning seems really dangerous - that it allows a computer formula to gradually adjust test (task) difficulty until individual students succeed. Sometimes we need to push people, we need to let them fail and put themselves back together. Learning can be acheived through pressure and adversity if used correctly.

      Louis Lemaire 3 hours ago

  • Louis Lemaire commented on a wiki page titled Normalization February 25, 2015 - 4:59am
    Thank you for the feedback. @Eric, correct that should have been 0-to-many.
  • Jonathan Louis published a blog post JQUERY PROPOSAL February 24, 2015 - 3:36pm
    I have a page on my site with writing samples of different sorts I wish to have organized using Jquery tabs.

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