Learning Networks, Not Teaching Machines

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Jun 12, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Goof article by Audrey Watters partially focused on the history of technology but mostly focusing on the idea of networks in pre-internet technology. This is important because a lot of the things that are networks - the phone company, the rail system, television - aren't exactly models of distributed democracy. She writes, "When we talk about the potential for 'networked learning' today, I think (I hope) we mean something different. The promise: the Internet – and the Web in particular – enable a readable and a writable platform, where a multitude of voices can express themselves as creators not just consumers and not just through text but through a multitude of media – audio, video, still images, code." Quite right.

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