Opportunity or Threat?
To be sure, this doesn’t really apply to the Indian context where we are still attempting to get every child in to a school and the pervasiveness of Internet access is abysmally low. But this is for now. However, what if one can use the Internet to unglue education from brick and mortar institutions and separate content from a physical medium? Will that help speed education? Will allowing members of a community to work on and with material for education improve the quality, in specific local contexts, through a quick iterative process? Will it enable local organizations and people to functions as proxies for distribution and learning?
He goes on to say that “Technology is beginning to assail the underlying concepts of our educational system…” and in my next post I’ll cover some ground on current efforts to provide open access to learning and initiatives that are harnessing the power of the community to create learning materials.
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