Books making us stupid – too soon?

Dave Cormier, IELTS podcast, Feb 11, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Dave Cormier, reviewing the progress of the "Is books making us stupid" week of his Rhizomatic MOOC, suggests that he is "frustrated with myself for not getting my point across" and "the book thing has not gone as planned." I am sympathetic; I know the feelinbg of a MOOC getting away from me. But I think he should embrace that. To me, that's the sign of success in a MOOC. And is it so bad that all his participants think he wants to get rid of books? It's just strong enough a point that people will want to react, but not one that can be quickly dismissed. Me? I loved books when I was growing up, and still have a house full of them, but my work - my reading and my writing - are done almost exclusively online.

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