onsdag 26 januari 2011

Dishing out Information in vain?

An interesting quotation by T.S. Eliot - Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? introduces a noteworthy blogpost named Contemporary E-Learning: Delivering Knowledge Or Dishing Out Information

The author asks if we are really delivering knowledge when we provide tons of information in our courses without requiring recipients do do something with the information. To turn information into knowledge we should apply, organize, criticize or manipulate it in one way or another.

A simple model attributed to Hughes, Toohey and Hatherley (Hughes, C., Toohey, S., & Hatherley, S. 1992, “Developing learning-centred trainers and tutors”, Studies in Continuing Education, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 14-27.) posits that knowledge requires: introduction - further exploration - experimentation - feedback - adjusting - application (my adaptation of the original model).

If we agree with this model then the most important issue for education must be to make possible for students to try things out, allow them to make mistakes, and continually give meaningful feedback.

The intial question read: Are we really delivering knowledge or just dishing out information?

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