Friday, January 27, 2012

elearning Roundtable Discussion

"Most of us are, presumably, the products of compulsory educational practices that were developed during the Industrial Revolution. And the way most of us teach is a relic of the steam age; it is designed to support a factory system by cultivating 'attention, timeliness, standardization, hierarchy, specialization, and metrics,' [Cathy] Davidson said [at a keynote speech for the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory]…. Human beings don't function like machines, and it takes a lot of discipline—what we call "classroom management"—to make them conform. Crucial perspectives are devalued and rejected, stifling innovation, collaboration, and diversity.

"Now the Internet offers a radical expansion of… liberation: It challenges institutional authority, it's uncontrolled, and it has the potential to disrupt existing hierarchies, opening up new fields of vision, and enabling us to see things that we habitually overlook." - William Pannapacker, "Invisible Gorillas Are Everywhere," The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2012.

Come discuss these ideas along with the rest of the article (available by following this link to the Chronicle of Higher Education) in our first elearning Roundtable, Wednesday, February 1, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM in the Flexible Learning Space 35 in the Media Resources Center.

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