Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Sill Pontes asks, "Did we spend a whole year improvising at a time when the greatest lesson to learn was about the perils of not having sound and sustainable systems capable of managing risk?" The experience in Brazil during the pandemic, says Pontes, feels like a step backward for learning technology. "On the verge of madness or collective hysteria, people still take time to place blame on the 'new' model of living and learning." But in fact, Pontes argues, the blame has little to do with technology. "The precarious situation of education in Brazil right now - not unlike most of the developing and even parts of the industrialized world - is due to a very 'old' model." I think there's truth to this. Learning online uses new technology, but it also demands a new (and arguably more effective) pedagogy.

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