Entre le rêve et la réalité

Nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à s’intéresser sur les avantages des cybernets et de wikis au niveau de la salle de classe. George Seimens aussi. Dans son récent billet, sur l’apprentissage adaptatif (sic), il nous dit :

« If technology is not able to provide affordable adaptability, and educators are constrained by design and time, what is the option? I see a very simple solution – social technologies like blogs, wikis, and RSS. Hold the skepticism for a bit. I’m an idealist…but not utopian. I don’t think blogs will fix all that ails education today. Blogs, like wikis, have many limitations (but that’s another post). They do, however, enable a personal experience for learners. They do allow educators to adapt to a greater degree than most classroom environments. Consider a class with 30 learners – all bloggging. An RSS feed aggregates their combined voices. As the teacher, I am able to see how they are/aren’t « getting the content ». Their knowledge needs will most certainly not be fully met by the work of the instructional designer. As I hear the aggregate voices of learners, I will recognize large-scale knowledge gaps…and be able to fill them by providing supplementary resources. Instead of a canned course on Macbeth, I’m able to provide a course that adapts to learners needs based on how I see them interacting and learning.

Additional value is provided in the ability for learners to teach each other. Reading the opinions of 30 classmates is a far richer learning ecology than hearing the opinion of one teacher. The learner is the teacher is the learner.

This is obviously a very simple way to add some adaptability into a course, but at least it’s a start. »

Un commentaire émit se lit :

« First, I know a Grade 5 teacher who is adapting like crazy–she has 20 students, and almost half have special needs of one kind or another. It’s not just adapting curriculum, either; she’s heroically working at helping every student learn, but it’s a HUGE task. The other comment is a « Yeah, but . . . » I tried to do a blended f2f/online (wiki) class last year & promised to break my butt to allow students freedom to design their own educational experience. All I got was the blank stare that said, « Just give me the goods & then assign me a grade. » It’s a very daunting task to help students appreciate that permission to shape their education is a gift when (it seems) they not only see it as a chore but think that’s what the teacher gets paid for. »

Le syndrôme Ouimet (Oui, mais)… Pourtant, on a des traces qui démontrent que c’est possible. J’attire votre attention sur le fait que cette école s’est abonnée à un service de cybercarnet établi sur des assises pédagogiques solides, à leurs frais (l’école).

J’ai hâte de voir/lire Carole et Mathieu vivre cette aventure, pour ne nommer que vous deux 😉


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