The web gives us ownership and agency in edtech


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This is a good article from Audrey Watters where she talks about the influence traditional LMSes (aka blackboard) had on education technology and how the open web as a platform offerst a better alternative where peers have ownership and agency.

http://www.hackeducation.com/2014/09/05/beyond-the-lms-newcastle-university/

If we think about new technologies like the Web as facilitating learning networks and as learners and learning communities as nodes on those networks, we can see a very different “shape,” if you will, to education technology than what the learning management system enables.

The Web versus a Wall. Distribution rather than seclusion. Reciprocity rather than recitation.

Nodes and networks need not be forcibly centered around the instructor, for starters. Learners — and we are all learners, not simply those who are formally enrolled in classes — can have say in what they create, how they create it, where they share it, how long they retain it, what it looks like.