‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Marguerite McNeal, EdSurge, Aug 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's George Siemens, from a recent and very positive interview in EdSurge: "If we do things right, we could fix many of the things that are really very wrong with the university system, in that it treats people like objects, not human beings. It pushes us through like an assembly-line model rather than encouraging us to be self-motivated, self-regulated, self-monitoring human beings." It makes me think of the interaction in one of Ulrike Reinhard's posts, where one person says her school will "change their path of destiny n make them something in life" and Reinhard replies "They are already something in life." And when Rory McGreal comments in the Siemens article that "You can’t be an adaptive learner if you don’t know anything" my response is that they already know something. 

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