Being immersed in higher education at the moment, there are many days when all I see are the enormous gaps between academics and students and the system they are participating in. Sometimes this gap is created through a jostle for control and authority, often creating misplacement of interests and in conflict between the agenda’s of the different stakeholder groups.
Why can’t learning be more entrepreneurial and allow students to find the answers for themselves? When students do this, they truly do retain what they have discovered! Why can’t academics trust their students to find their potential and personalize their learning? When students do this, they truly do retain what they have discovered! Why can’t students be more engaged in their own learning by customizing what they learn towards their passions and interests? When students do this, they truly do retain what they have discovered!
The question of technology within education is as polarizing as ever, perhaps polarizing in the context of ‘everyone’ sees the need to integrate technology into education, yet there is still incredibly dogmatic resistance towards this integration from academics AND from students alike. Both sides can be faulted – one for feeling threatened that (because of technology) their livelihood could be jeopardized and the other side for feeling frustrated that (without technology) their livelihood remains indefinitely at arm’s length. It is a comfortable position for both sides to take because there is always an excuse to support either view. It is always a disappointing conversation….
The system that fosters learning as we know it today can change. As the video asks, “why can’t schooling now, be just a little bit better?”