In his article, Online Learning: a User’s Guide to Forking Education, among other arguments, Jesse Stommel foresees a need to break or rebuild the idea of the course. “We need to devise learning activities that take organic (and less arbitrary) shapes in space and time. We need to recognize that the best learning happens not inside courses, but between them.” As part of his larger discussion of “forking” education in order to bring learning more effectively into the digital medium, Jesse suggests that the course is only one of a set of components that needs to be taken apart, scrutinized with care and with playfulness, and then rebuilt. The inspection of education and educative methods needs to be so complete that no assumptions are left unexamined. During our January 11th #digped discussion, we took a close look at what a course is, and what happens when we consider altering — or entirely abandoning — this format for learning.
Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) is the director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Lead Instructional Designer for the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is interested in the practice of critical digital pedagogy as a social justice movement and has been working in and around digital learning environments for 17 years. He learns, teaches, and theorizes from a contemplative perspective, and believes that care, listening, and attention are key to sound pedagogy. His personal website can be found at seanmichaelmorris.com.