Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.
@LucianT – “3M publicly hire for ‘Misfits’ – people that don’t fit into the norm. 35% of their revenue comes from products created within last 5 years”
@LeeJCarey – “Don’t be an instigator, don’t interrupt, don’t be disruptive, don’t talk back, don’t rock the boat; now get out there and lead”
elearnspace: What is the theory that underpins our moocs? by @gsiemens
The Coursera/EDx MOOCs adopt a traditional view of knowledge and learning. Instead of distributed knowledge networks, their MOOCs are [mostly] based on a hub and spoke model: the faculty/knowledge at the centre and the learners are replicators or duplicators of knowledge.
Shelley Wright: A wicked problem – via @SheilaSpeaking
Finally, we need to encourage and support the risk-takers and innovators in our school systems. Too often the status-quo is supported because of the comfort level it affords. As Brian Harrison stated in a recent blog post, “…it is clear to me that we cannot sustain a great system of public education by rewarding those in our schools and systems who do not innovate at the cost of those who do.” Too often those who are engaging students in meaningful learning close their doors, so they can do what is best for their students. Why? To reduce the backlash from others. I know. I’ve done it, and I’ve listened to the stories of many other educators who have experienced this same phenomenon. If we truly want to do what is best for kids, we need to support teachers who willingly engage the messy landscape of student-centred learning.
Tweets from DAU/GMU Innovations in eLearning where I spent much of the week:
@moehlert – “You can’t research social learning without being a participant yourself”
@Dave_Ferguson – “Thought: do some (many) people not see collaboration with others as “learning” because it doesn’t look like the schoolhouse model?”
Jane Hart: ”Between 33% and 66% of employees are meeting their own needs by going AROUND the training department.” via @jsuzcampos
@wadatrip – “It is ok to fail if you learn a lesson and even more so if you share the lesson you learned from the failure.”
Craig Wiggins @oxala75 live-blogging @quinnovator Clark Quinn’s session