What Do We Actually Learn From TED Talk Videos?

Mark Guzdial, Harvard Business Review, Jun 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good critical analysis desconstructing some of the things people say about how we learn from TED videos. And I think this point is especially relevant: "Nobody watches a TED talk for “just-in-time” learning.  People watch TED talk for entertainment." I like TED videos, in MP3 format, to listen to when I'm riding my bicycle. But I wouldn't say I'm really learning from them. TED videos tend to oversimplify and suggest that complex phenomena can be reduced to a single point (did people even say "here's the thing..." before TED videos?) and that intractible problems can be solved by an uninformed outsider with an innovative idea or different perspective.

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