ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Week 27 in the change MOOC: Zen of Teaching

Posted on: March 27, 2012

After weeks of reflection and struggling to formulate articles about my MOOC experiences (consuming all my MOOC time!) and the month March full of administration duties, thinking about strategies and budget for my institute I’m very happy to be back in week 27!

And the topic is an interesting one: Zen of teaching by Antonio Vantaggiato, Distance Learning Institute, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, Puerto Rico. In his introduction Antonio states that

“I want to discuss the mythology of teaching and learning and technology. … the Web is not only the channel, the infrastructure of sharing, the medium of communication, but is also the essence of communication itself, the content itself.”

In his slides he collects a lot of ideas around learning, the web.

Web2.0>Learning2.0 The Web: Fundamental pedagogic environment (Suter 2005)

Our assumptions about learning are fundamentally flawed (fehlerhaft) (G. Campbell, EDUCAUSE ELI 2012, Austin, February 2012)

Peter Thiel We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education. (cool ideas in this article …)

Furthermore Antonio discusses myths of learning:

  1. Learning happens in the classroom => Learning happens!
  2. Learning happens without studying.
  3. Learning can be assessed by means of standardized testing.
  4. Education is consumption, the teachers are content providers.
  5. Myth: the shallows
  6. The internet is the dead of the books.
  7. Learning needs curricula.
  8. Can teachers be replaced by machines?
  9. The integration of technology into the curriculum will solve all problems.
  10. Myth: Don’t need Internet/Twitter/Whatever…OR Turn those devices off
  11. Myth: Science versus Humanities
  12. Myth: Stiles of learning, copyright, mobile learning

Learning creates connections, navigate connections (connectivism, MOOC)

Learning = Sense making (as in Karl E. Weick’s Sensemaking)

Hmm. Antonio leaves me a litte bit confused. I enjoyed some ideas, enjoyed as well following his links, reading further posts, returning. On the other hand I identified 12 myths instead of 10 and in trying to formulate some of them I’m not sure about the initial meaning.

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