Saturday, February 15, 2014

Diigo does #rhizo14, Week 5

community as curriculum but perhaps also the sign a of rhizmome winding down: of the links bookmarked five are by Chris, one by Mattias, none by me (who has been turning them into my weekly blog post, carrying cheating all the way through to the end). Jaap, who started the group clocked out early. The week's post is still worth it for the bloomin' version of a Bloom's pyramid, from data to wisdom, then doubling down with double Stephen Downes (who is very present in Rhizo14 without even being there) and Bonnie Stewart's blog post, "do you know networks? on leaving the Garden of Eden," as shared by Chris. 

Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom -
I'll preface with Stephen Downes's commentary in Feb 14 OLDaily. His question about what kind of undergraduate degree is needed for today and the future and how we might best prepare students has #rhizo14 all over it ;-) This came out about a month ago but according to my logs I haven't mentioned here yet, so here goes. First, let me quote Laurillard's five myths
  1. the idea that 'content is free' in education 
  2.  that students can support each other 
  3.  that Moocs solve the problem of expensive undergraduate education 
  4.  hat MOOCs address educational scarcity in emerging economies 
  5.  that Education is a mass customer industry 
The essence of her criticism is that "a course format that copes with large numbers by relying on peer support and assessment is not an undergraduate education... it requires personalised guidance, which is simply not scalable in the same way." I think we both agree that MOOCs - even cMOOCs - are not an undergraduate education. The question, though, is broader. Is an undergraduate education what we need in order to meet the social and economic challenges of the day? If we started our students off differently, could they succeed in a technology-rich environment wihtout the need for so much personal attention and hand-holding? A lot rides on the answer to this question. And the MOOC - even the xMOOC - is an attempt to look at some possible answers.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Rhizome14 group favorite links are here.

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