New Years resolution to post more often.
Recently, Jaap Bosman posted on learning machines http://connectiv.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/teachinglearning-machine-takes-over-some-teacher-roles/ and Lisa Lane responded:
“Could we please consider for a moment that there’s supposed to be a difference between what’s learned in college and the workplace?”
This is a very good question–in other words, I thought it might a very obvious “well of course” kind of answer that would please my ever-curious college student brain and triggers a shrug from my worker brain. The problem for me is the two domains are really hard to isolate as individual sources of skills. Nor am I clear of the purpose of thinking one way or another if the end result resolves the problem.
That’s a simplification but it does bring up the idea (to me anyway) of there being something that acts as a limit on thinking?
>Or preferences one “type” of thinking over another?
>And is thinking in different ways something we learn?
>Do we learn to approach a problem from different angles or to apply wider ranges of possibility in a strategic way as a result of learning in a “way” that differs from from straight perceptual observation?
>And since it’s important to bring up the idea of social class when discussing higher education, can we think about an individual’s permitting themselves to think in certain domains? This permission thing is also appropriate when thinking about Machine MOOCs (as Jaap refers to them) because they are being looked at as educational alternatives in emerging economies where being poor is a place in the social order that being educated won’t change.
Apologies for this jumping around a bit. My resolution for the coming year is to try and be settled with the damage I’ve sustained over the last few illnesses. I’m scattered, it’s the way I am.
Happy New Year and Happy birthday to John Mack!
From “Light” by M. John Harrison:
“This reminded Ed of something he had been meaning to ask. ‘Hey,’ he said. ‘What planet am I on?’
Vesicle stared at him.
‘ Come on,’ Ed said. ‘Be fair. Anyone can have a problem with that.’ “