Learning as a To Do List

There’s a tendency for instruction to focus too much on the teacher (as the center of attention) and learning resources (usually in the guise of readings), rather than what it is.

I prefer to think of it as a to-do list.

What is a to-do list? It’s a list of activities. Things you need to do, using resources, faciltiated by a teacher, teaching assistant–or fellow classmates.

Notice how, in refocusing on the activity list, we’ve re-centered on the learner.

Putting the learner at the center is a necessary role reversal. The didactic mentality is a remnant of a time when broadcast was the only modality for social replication of knowledge.

It strikes the modern learner as anachronistic–given the advent of multimedia.

Comments are closed.