Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a more succinct presentation of the ideas in Marc Prensky's previous post on replacing schools. It introduced the term 'empowerment hubs' to describe a learning and development process focused on real-world accomplishments. The concepts of knowledge and skill don't disappear, but they become by-products of a person working to achieve a tangible outcome, rather than in the traditional system, where we focus on knowledge and skills, and hope they result in some good being produced in the world. I like the model but think it really needs to focus on personal agency where the person in question determines what counts as an 'accomplishment' and how it is measured. Also, there are various agencies already called empowerment hubs so I think there may be a need to revisit the term. Image: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi via Oppression and Power, Rebus.

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