Well…been working on a compilation of my blogs so far for Potcert and it appears not many assignments were actually done as required. So I need to distract from these omissions by reflecting on where all this useful content has been squandered.
First my job has changed in the period of the class and it now involves basic housekeeping of previous online courses to ready them for wider distribution and moving to our updated LMS. This is necessary work as wider distribution means more tuition coming in and if I was an accountant I’d be really excited. With no design work nor contact with practicing instructors it seems I’m locked in my office for the next year pushing buttons on my computer.
To compensate for this I’ve tried being present in my blog but talking to myself is what I already do all day. Also find blogging frustrating. Like talking into the void with no response. After a while a person gets tired of being the most uninteresting person at the dance and has to start reaching out. How can blogging be useful to students when it so isolating that we need to order them to “reply to three others” in every assignment? How absurd is it to have to force young people to talk to each other? Could it be that the blog is some twisted illusion of “empowerment” by locking students into the same old model of demonstrating learning by speaking in the singular under strict guidelines knowing that even the comments received are requirements of the assignment?
It seems that there really isn’t a revolution in education going on here, only a move to another medium and some pretty decoration. When was it decided that telling people what to do would cause them to learn? Are we confined to producing highly polished little mirrors of the material we teach that never penetrates below the surface?
Anyway, this course has caused me to see education as background data to a conversation that may never resolve itself. The courses I’m reassembling are simply catalogues and stock piles of information—objects. Learning is happening somewhere else.