Numbered these posts on Life Long Learning to keep track of them, not to suggest there may be more. This one was triggered by a comment at Jaap’s CONNECTIV blog http://connectiv.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/moocs-life-long-learning-and-educational-institutions/ and poorly timed by me for the beginning of POTCERT13 as it may seem to be in opposition to teaching :
Educational institutions (universities) try to keep the MOOC revolution and open online courses within their institutional boundaries. But that is a mistake. MOOCs are not invented there.
The problems with educational institutions attempting to incorporate MOOCs in their Connectivist style comes primarily from a school’s mandate to instructivize all content into presumably understandable objects and this goes against what I’d call natural cognition that humans have developed to figure things out themselves. And this includes the possibility of being wrong, misdirected or plain lost and discovering a way back (or maybe even a worse way forward). There’s nothing in particular wrong with structuring knowledge except for the expectation of there being a hidden resolution that will appear at the end that narrows the process to a search for likely pieces of the puzzle.
To me, the character of discovery is lost when I know the path has already been covered. Whatever I find myself will never be more than “correct” in this world where everything has its place and not sure if choreographed process counts as learning or just following directions?
These are my original thoughts on this:
The mind tires of instruction and needs fresh material collected in open exploration. Educational institutions have already decided the answer before you are even asked the question. The principal is based on the domestication of abilities you already have.
Can Life Long Learning be driven by endlessly following directions?