A very important discussion. I've cited the same show in a post I'm writing (if I find the time, should be on the Landing today or tomorrow but, if not, quite soon) in part because I devoutly share the authors' concerns about the corporatization of higher education and I really like their expression of universities' value, but also because I deeply disagree with one of their careless throwaway comments, about 15:23 in, about online learning being concerned with knowledge, not understanding, and (by implication) that it does not support connection. Such ignorant stereotypes are very harmful, especially when dropped so casually into a conversation as though this were common shared knowledge. As this group and your contributions to it amply demonstrate, done well, online learning can be far richer than those big face-to-face classes they describe (and often better than smaller tutorials and study groups) as means for sharing tacit knowledge, building learning communities, connecting with professors, expanding intellectual horizons, and modelling ways of being.
Jon Dron February 20, 2017 - 10:31am
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