Myths, lies and ...

Leigh Blackall, Weblog, Jul 27, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Leigh Blackall launches a screed against myths and lies in relation to education, "especially in relation to social media, openness and online learning." Language warning; don't click if you don't care for profanity (the language doesn't add to its expressiveness, it just makes it harder to link to or to quote). Blackall has a general point that's worth making, I think - that worthwhile initiatives (such as open education) in online learning have been misappropriated, and ordinary technology (such as YouTube) has been misrepresented. "Could it really be true, that education has never been about the empowerment of people really, rather the survival of an institution?" Then all of us in e-learning have been chasing the wrong goal, which is why it is so difficult to make such simple progress.
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