Is books making us stupid? behind the curtain of #rhizo14

Dave Cormier, IELTS podcast, Feb 06, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post actually provides a good overview of the first few weeks of the Rhizomatic Learning course, exploring as it does a set of "challenges" posed by Dave Cormier:

  • Cheating as learning
  • Enforcing independence
  • Embracing uncertainty
  • Is books making us stupid

I can certainly be frustrated by some of this sort of discussion - when people express concerns, for example, about "enforcing independence" my reaction is that they just don't know what those words mean. And in another post I've raised some questions about some of the more nebulous aspects of this approach to learning. But I see value in these discussions. And questioning the authority of the book is certainly something I support.

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