The Future of Learning: Digital, Distributed, Data-Driven

George Siemens, elearnspace, May 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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"We know the names," writes George Siemens. "Vygostky, Freire, Illich, Papert, and so on. We know the ideas. We know the vision of networks, of openness, of equity, and of a restructured system of learning that begins with learning and the learner rather than content and testing. But why doesn’t the positive change happen?" The answer, he suggests, is that these reformers were not able to integrate their ideas with systems or networks. " Ideas that change things require an integrative awareness of systems, of multiple players, and of the motivations of different agents. It is also required that we are involved in the power-shaping networks that influence how education systems are structured, even when we don’t like all of the players in the network." Ah, it's that last phrase that contains the rub.  Will Richardson chimes in with a helpful reference to Sarason in the comments. 

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