For the last few days, I been attending the 2007 Educause Learning Initiative in Atlanta. Here are my stray thoughts from the various sessions.
Chris Dede: “What kids do for fun outside the classroom looks more like 21st Century work than what goes on inside the classroom.”
Gardner Campbell: Can we make education (real school) meaningful to students, not merely a set of tasks to be completed, hurdles to be crossed? Can we convince students that meaning is possible?
Jerry Slezak: As more and more teachers ask students to blog, might the current powerful effects of blogging lose their power?
Perhaps the solution to this potential problem is for teachers to think carefully about specific applications for blogs that fit the pedagogical needs of a course. Is writing an analogy here?
Kate Wittenberg, EPIC, “Does learning become a process of being admitted to a community rather than merely receiving experts’ knowledge?” i.e. the data must be processed by the community of learners.
In University 2.0 the role of the instructor changes from being the “source of expert content” to being the “interpreter of a more diverse set of content”.
I’m already doing this in my ‘find the content for this topic’ model (from FSEM and econ482). What has been largely missing in my implementation is a vetting loop. Students have identified content and even summarized it, but I’ve had little explicit discussion of content quality or how they latched onto a particular course. I should be doing this or taking a more explicit role to lead them to do this. Starting in class tomorrow.
From the Connexions Session: Increasingly there is a blurring of traditional understandings about the text, the instructor, the class session, and the course.
“Courses” are arbitrary administrative distinctions, as perhaps are fields. We have developed a series of silos or walled gardens. At the same time, research indicates that education is made meaningful by connections to other fields.(Rich Baraniuk)
We need to build a culture of continuous formative assessment into the learning process. Can digital tools, like aplia.com, provide a low cost, low teacher-effort way of supporting this?