Outro(s) lado(s) da(s) moeda(s)

Pensando em como os debates sobre MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) e REA (Recursos Educacionais Abertos) têm se disseminado ultimamente, achei uma boa ideia postar aqui o link para um post que li ainda há pouco: MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles.

Não estou concordando ou discordando da posição do autor (de fato, acho a crítica a REA meio exagerada, apesar de concordar com a pontuação que as questões pedagógicas tendem a ficar meio esquecidas), mas, no universo da pesquisa é importante considerar outras opiniões, posições e proposições acerca de uma mesma coisa.

O blog é curiosamente qualificado com a linha “desafiando o pensamento ortodoxo sobre a tecnologia educacional”. Não sei exatamente que “pensamento” é esse, mas vamos em frente: fica aqui um registro de material interessante para quem, como eu, se interessa por REA (MOOCs e as outras “bolhas”).

A incluir na lista de recursos para o curso que estou planejando sobre o assunto para o semestre que vem.



4 comentários

  1. Hello Giselle, Thanks for the ping-back to my blog.

    The “thinking” that I am trying to challenge is the idea that education technology is all about (a) disseminating information, (b) enabling the independent learner, freeing creativity from the stifling effect of knowledge-based curricula.

    I am all in favour of creativity and independence – but I argue that these things are hard and require to be mastered, principally through an education system that focuses on assessed activity and conversational interactions with appropriate interlocutors (teachers, peers, environments, digital resources).

    Best, Crispin.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Crispin – I totally agree with your emphasis on conversation: when I got involved in my first OER project a few years back, I was rather puzzled by all the talk around “learner communities forming spontaneously” around resources. I’m quite interested in “creativity and independence”, but these are tall orders for most learners (and teachers?) – unfortunately, some of the discourses around OER, MOOCs et al. revolve around an idealised independent, creative and self-sustaining learner (and teacher!) … Educational technology, as a field, is interestingly beset by strange notions – and this is exactly why I so liked your post and blog. I’ll add it to our blogroll and keep an eye there.

    Let’s keep on talking! 😉

  3. Definitely – I think we are talking the same language.

    But maybe that is part of the problem! You question the the creativity and independence of some teachers. I wonder sometimes how helpful the internet is in this respect. Discussion forums encourage us all to interact with those with whom we agree, forming self-selecting groups that avoid real debate. Social media may also force conformity on young people – while the role of education, I think, is to challenge our preconceptions.

    Anyway, I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog. Crispin.

  4. yes – definitely the same language, Crispin. The idea of “group” means that some are ‘in’ and others (many more?) are ‘out’, doesn´t it? People often tend to forget the basics – which makes ‘The Emperor’s new clothes’ an interesting source of analogies for classroom discussion…

    Our blog is rather ‘young’, still (there are other contributors to get started on writing too) and mostly in Portuguese, but discussions in English are most welcome (I’ll try to write the odd post in English as well).

    Thanks for an interesting exchange – I’ll look forward to more!

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