There's no such thing as 'Formal Learning'

nick shackleton-jones, Research, Mar 20, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"There is no such thing as formal learning," writes nick shackleton-jones. "Don't mourn its passing - it never existed." The case is pretty good. "People click through e-learning as quickly as they can, engaging in 'token learning' where they are required to pass a quiz; and recall next to nothing of classroom content....The archetypal case of formal learning - school - fares no better. Students sit wearily through lessons in which they often do little more than take notes." The social elements tha people value, and even cramming for exams, he argues, are examples of informal learning, the things people do for themselves.

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