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Pedagogy of Abundance Foreword

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Note on title: this is borrowed from Martin Weller. I will find my own!

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Web effects: what are the implications of the shift from a ‘cultural economy’ of scarcity to a ‘cultural economy’ of abundance.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 For example, look at how OER have proliferated to produce a huge and growing volume of high quality learning resources. Alongside that, too, a huge number of online teaching learning sites of all types and shades.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 It is easy to take the view that learning, either for its own sake or on a need to know basis, is quickly accessible. (Some parts of the ‘Edgeless University’ thesis seem to have come pass). There is some intuitive truth in this view – my own experience as a teacher and a householder shows me daily that the web is a vast and rich source of assistance and knowledge (and of course shopping!).

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 But there may be only an apparent simplicity in that view.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 For teachers – and teaching remains an important social practice – we cannot take it for granted that everyone gets the same value out of using the web. Indeed, even a relatively experienced and literate participant such as myself does not get all the possible value I can out of the web – I am, to use that cliche, still a learner.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 This simplistic notion harks back to a certain romanticism of the intrinsically motivated learner who will strive, work hard and seek new understanding as long as he/she is unconstrained by institutional or professional rules and procedures. It’s as if Illich’s world of learning webs has come to pass (see ‘Deschooling Society’).

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 However, with abundance comes new kinds of social complexity that suggest that Illich’s image of the hopeful, intrinsically motivated individual seeking partners and collaborators in learning is far from complete.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 These notes on the pedagogy of abundance look at some of the issues arising from the sometimes paradoxical richness of that great global library that is the web.

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Source: http://davidlongman.net/blog/93-2/