Let Us Learn to Solve Problems

David H. Jonassen, ITForum, Sept 16, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Jonassen forays into the uncertain and unforgiving world of online discussion as he posts this article for examination by the group at ITForum. "To blog or not to blog, that is the question this week," he writes. But, "What is ignored in all of these venues is meaningful learning, because educators are too committed to instruction and too impelled by shallow conceptions of accountability." What we should be after, he argues, is "meaningful learning" which occurs "when we have a personal problem to solve." The remainder of the paper is devoted to unfortunately terse descriptions of six elements involved in meaningful learning, including authenticity, intentionality, meaningfulness, and more.
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