Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
How do we make e-learning work in today's classroom? I'm listening right now to a conversation devoted to the design of a conferencing system based around small group discussions - that age-old mechanism for ensuring that any dissenting or radical voice is thoroughly expunged before it can possibly surface publicly. On the other hand, "We need to learn how to sustain conversations that are initiated by the students themselves, not conversations that emerge from the official Ministry documents or our own interests and beliefs." It reminds me that we embody our beliefs in our technology, and that it is as easy to embody power and control as it is to embody freedom and openness.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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