‘Binge Learning’ is Online Education’s Killer App

Eli Dourado, Cracked.com, Mar 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Well this is an interesting perspective, but it makes sense: "a more natural way to learn than traditional educational structures can offer: develop an interest and mercilessly indulge it until another interest supersedes it. It is a method that conserves the mental energy associated with willpower, leaving more of the brain’s resources to focus on the material itself." The phenomenon is associated with the recent phenomenon of "binge viewing," where a person will watch all or many of a television program's episode over Netflix (me: guilty). "Online education, if we do it right, could be like having an exceptionally well-rounded personal tutor who is willing to indulge any interest at any level of desired intensity."

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