Pedagogy-Agnostic Standards and a Much Needed Rant

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Mar 21, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've said before that I like David Wiley's writing better when he's on a rant, and this weekend's submission only reinforces that. IMS Learning Design, writes Wiley, "not only pedagogically-neutral, it is pedagogically agnostic – capable of modeling in machine interpretable format the wide range of human activities." So is this good or bad? Well - why would we automate human activities? "In asking over 2,000 people now if, when they need support, they choose the autoamted system or a real-live human support engineer, guess how many hands I have seen go up for the autoamted system?" And more: "Why would we turn the greatest enabler of social interaction into a simple data download service?" P.S., David also invites previews of the USU Open CourseWare project.
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