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Globalization & Our Ivory
<Zen of Teaching>
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Virtual Educa 2015 // #ve2015
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Virtual Educa 2015 / Guadalajara
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Espectáculo del Nodo de Ranvier, Glorieta de la Minerva
Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Fundamental pedagogic environment (Suter 2005)
From NMC’s Horizon Project 10-year Anniversary Retreat, Austin, January 2012
“Your So-Called Education”, The New York Times
May 14, 2011; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/
Arum & Roska:
45% of students showed “no signiﬁcant improvement”
over one year of study (freshmen in fall 2005 through spring
2007). 36% after 4 years of college “education”.
“American higher education is characterized by limited or
no learning for a large proportion of students.”
The Myths / Knowledge
Teaching = Content Delivery
Produced / Packaged / Distributed / Delivered
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Learning Happens in the Classroom (we
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...Students “sit” through a
semester worth of lectures, while
“distance” students “watch”
Live vs. Distance Learning: Measuring the Differences
From The New York Times, November 5, 2010 / http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/us/05collegeside.html?_r=1
Learner is not the center
In an LMS, students are not in control of their content, their
data, their connections. …the course is behind a wall.
Everything is meant to take place therein. At the end of the
course, the student loses access to the course, and to any of
the content or data they’ve created.
There is one instructor. Maybe two. Maybe some course
assistants. They grade. They monitor the forums.
The instructors are the center.
The content is the center.
The learner is not the center.
The Web, of course, does not work this way.
“What we found was that in a MOOC, instead of
the classroom being the center, it becomes
just one node of the network of social
Five Arguments Against the LMS
Jim Groom, Brian Lamb, EDUCAUSE Review,
49,3; May/June 2014.
Why Blogging is Key
to the future of Higher Ed (Gardner Campbell)
Let's shutter our "learning
management systems" and build
networks" instead, moving away
from educational assembly lines
toward intellectual ecosystems of
interest and curiosity.
As quoted by Clay Shirky in his rebuttal article Does the Internet Make You Smarter?; The Wall Street Jornal, June 4, 2010; http://online.wsj.com/article/
multiplication of books
in every branch of
knowledge is one of the
greatest evils of this age;
since it presents one of
the most serious
obstacles to the
acquisition of correct
--Edgar Allan Poe
The multitude of
books is a great
evil. There is no
measure of limit to
this fever for
But, is the world allowed into the classroom?
Don’t Lock Educational Production Within A
Classroom’s Berlin Wall
Classroom Is The World…
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Free exchange of ideas and educational production
among students, faculty and the outside world.
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Open Ed Resources
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