Stephen Downes

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When I took a year of Computing Science in 1980 it was still considered engineering and so I got a year's worth of engineering education (and one computing science course). It was actually pretty interesting, and I appreciated the exposure to mechanical, electrical, and other forms on engineering, as well as the chemistry and physics that underlie them. The 'engineering' mentioned in this article is something very different. Yes, engineering presupposes an approach based on precision and design. But 'brainstorming' isn't inherent to engineering, nor are 'redesign' and 'critique'. This article is yet another one of those articles applying fancy words to teachers in an effort to help them feel good about the things they're already doing.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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