Why I think (OPEN) courses should be about content creation
Dec 04, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good ppst from Dave Cormier on how learning is about content creation, dealing with the argument that "you don't learn about Irish history by writing about it, you learn it by studying it." Cormier writes, "The power relationship between a content giver and a content receiver is such that the legitimation of knowledge is controlled by the giver. I think we had to do things that way for a very long time because ‘memory’ and ‘paper’ forced us to move perspectives around in locked boxes. In this day and age we no longer need to shove subtlety into neat little truth boxes. We can learn things as they are, rather than as other people would try and force us to remember them. Learning to choose amidst uncertainty."

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