Jim Groom pushes the envelope all the time, which is why we love him! The person who coined the phrase “edupunk” is back as Rorschach from the Watchmen with a warning for “so-called professors” – you cannot, as Jon Mott suggested at ELI, have corporate learning management systems like Blackboard and edupunk style learning co-exist. To be free, you must let go of walled garden systems and embrace open education.
Check out Rorschach’s EdTech Journal below:
We need people like Jim to push us out of our comfort zone, but I am not sure we need to totally abandon the LMS as Jim suggests. If I had to guess which specific presentation upset Rorschach, it would have to be Jon Mott’s presentation on The Genius of AND: Reconciling the Enterprise and the Personal Learning Network.
Jon’s presentation really resonated with me – I am a believer in “and”. This concept of “and” has come up several times in recent weeks.
Enterprise LMS’s like Blackboard do some things very well, such as administer rosters and handle grades in ways that satisfy FERPA regulations. You can easily enhance Blackboard by adding aggregated blogs through Netvibes or collaborative spaces for tasks like wikis. It is not a case as Jim suggests of “open” or “closed”, but rather “open” AND “closed” as the situation fits.
In working with a program looking at online instruction, it seemed that the discussion was leaning to one of “asynchronous” or “synchronous”. This is another area where AND fits well. The decision to use synchronous or asynchronous should be based on the learning objectives and the audience, not based on an EITHER/OR model.
In a bit of synchronicity, my office mate Bud Deihl had a blog post that mirrored some of what Rorschach bemoaned. In “Technology in the Classroom is a Given“, Bud noted that we should not be debating whether or not to integrate technology into the classroom. Our students are already carrying sophisticated technology in the form of smartphones, netbooks, and laptops into our classes. As Bud challenges us, we should be looking for AND situations to go ahead and incorporate these technologies into our learning environments.
Jim A.K.A. Rorschach – Keep pushing us to be pure. We need these mirrors held up to us. But I will continue to be the so-called professor looking for that middle ground where I can use both traditional and networked learning.