I enjoyed reading this post by Grainne, where she writes:
“He then turned to Ron Barnett’s work (2005) on textual instability, suggesting this gives an example of the instability in academia’s ideas of itself. Barnett goes on to argue that the media implicated in the academy’s inability to claim universality in its pursuit of truth – supercomplexity related to texts a world of uncertainty all notions, such as truth come under scrutiny, revised and contested, concepts broken open and subject to multiple interpretation. Ray questioned how can we prepare our students to cope with this supercomplexity?
He talked about Mark Poster’s notions of authority and the notion of the academic gate keeper. Poster explored digitization and the effect on all aspects of social. He argued that this has resulted in the breaking down of boundaries in academic roles and identities. Ray wondered what would be the implications of a world in which all texts were digital and in which there were no originals. More broadly, what is the role of the university and the discipline in this context, where here is now no authority?”
How are we going to prepare students to cope with this supercomplexity?
In this Teaching for Supercomplexity: A Pedagogy for Higher Education by Ronald Barnett and Susan Hallam, the question of : “What forms of learning and teaching are appropriate to a learning society and globalization” was raised. In face of supercomplexity, it is important to develop students not just ‘core skills’ but self reliance. Graduates will have to have powers of ‘self-reliance’ in order to cope with and to act purposely in that world.
There are many ways of helping students to develop such self reliance. I have come up with the following:
(1) Learning to learn – a connectivist approach towards learning,
(2) Creation and development of a learning platform where the community of learners learn together, based upon their goals, and their social needs,
(3) Incorporation of future of education strategies,
What is the role of the university?
In this post by Stephen, he asks if internet would destroy the ivory tower.
Stephen says: “I suspect that in the near future we are going to see a lot of experimentation with new forms of higher education, reflecting the fact that these institutions in fact serve many purposes other than merely transmitting knowledge/skills to students.”
This led me to reflect on this – what the internet means for how we think about the world.
“Yet, for the coming generation, knowing looks less like capturing truths in books than engaging in never-settled networks of discussion and argument. That social activity — collaborative and contentious, often at the same time — is a more accurate reflection of our condition as imperfect social creatures trying to understand a world that is too big and too complex for even the biggest-headed expert.”
So that is why social network and media could likely be the minefield that would determine the future of education and learning.
Social Media and Networks
This Social Media facts and statistics tells the story.
“Social networks play a prominent role in Internet users’ life as they spend significant number of hours daily either by chatting, uploading pictures or sharing information. Leaving behind all other social networks Facebook has embraced 800 million users and still increasing as the days roll down. On the other hand Twitter has an active user base of 100+ million while LinkedIn influences 133.98 million active users.”
Here are 21st century learning videos:
So, here is how we were caught in the web:
See Part 3 in a coming post soon.