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Clark Quinn in #week13 took a very high level approach to thinking about learning. He tempted us to shed all the constraints we deal with in real life educational settings for a moment and think about what our own ideal learning situation would be.
For me, a mooc is very close. I thrive in openness and even in chaotic environments. What would make it even better for me is a little bit more accountability. Perhaps having the option of being assigned a "buddy" or even to very small group of just 3 or 4 people that would agree to work together. This would involve getting to know one another a bit and giving each other some ongoing feedback. It would be conducive to integrating some collaborative, project based work into the mooc as well. There's no reason something like this couldn't be organized by the participants themselves, even now, in the middle of the course, especially since we've still got 20 weeks to go! Anyone interested?
Clark Quinn shared some of his ideas about ideal learning. Slow learning was the title of his week which brought up a lot of different reactions from the participants. For Quinn, slow learning seemed to be about taking a new approach to learning as opposed to the model of dumping lot's of material into the learner and assessing them by how much they spit it back out. He played a short piece of video (anyone know who was speaking or have a link?) that suggested a 5 minute university since that's about how much material is actually retained in the long run from this style of teaching. While this was a joke, there is some real insight behind it. One thing it made me think about was how the value from my university education came only in small part from the classes anyway, and most of what came from classes wasn't about specific subject matter it was about the process. Learning how to learn once again.
My understanding of Quinn's Slow Learning alternative is about Layered Learning which involves learning in the context of real life experience through the strategic use of preparatory materials, aids, and processing that would be provided by a Sage at the Side, a computerized personal assistant. Might sound like science fiction but the technology is here and the limit is only our imagination.