Should the Door be Closed or Open: Thoughts on the Social Learning and Reflection Continuum
Dec 31, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some thoughts on the dichotomies inherent in learning - that between activity and reflection, that between social learning and self reflection, etc. Not deep, but I like the approach. It makes me think of the sliders Jay Cross proposed a few years ago. I was quite critical of them, for which I today feel a little bit guilty, because there was merit in the suggestion. Maybe there should be a slider for the scale between 'getting it right' and 'finding a compromise'. On the other hand, as I observed in the column, if you sacrifice a little bit of what's right, you essentially move the goalposts, and set yourself off down a slippery slope. Total: 2061
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Re: Should the Door be Closed or Open: Thoughts on the Social Learning and Reflection Continuum

Stephen, happy new year!

And thanks for bringing up the sliders. I'm glad you find some merit in the concept.

Back in early 2007, my 360-word post was a catalyst for your 1374-word blast.

What was cool about the discussion was having others chime in, Donald Clark among them, to explore the issues you and I raised and debated.

Twas a good learning experience. [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Should the Door be Closed or Open: Thoughts on the Social Learning and Reflection Continuum

Well, you included an image with your post, so your 1360 words was met with a proportionate 1374 word response. ;) [Comment] [Permalink]



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