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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is overall a good article describing changes to the concept of learning design in a new environment. But one sentence stopped me in my tracks: "Whilst (lifelong learning) often defined as educational opportunities throughout one's life, I view it as broader, encompassing reaching a wider audience with more varied formats." I don't know how other people imagine things when they read, but to me, this sentence took the entire article and swiveled it on a single point from a learner perspective to a content provider perspective, this shift in perspective disguised by the phrasing as "broader". Now there's nothing wrong with looking at lifelong learning from a provider's perspective. But there's no sense in which this perspective is 'broader'. This manoeuver at the start of the article tainted the whole thing for me, and made it feel less genuine.

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