Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Honestly, I can think of a dozen factors that are more important for student success than building a community based on a foundation of belonging and shared mission. Indeed, it seems to me that this sort of approach to learning tramples all over any concept of student autonomy. Not everyone wants to learn in a 'supporting caring environment', 'build a sense of common purpose' or 'work on shared documents in real time'. Yes, it can be argued that all these are beneficial to students, but so is eating vegetables, and we wouldn't require that of students studying trigonometry or modal logic.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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