Wasting or engaging brains

Annette Clancy spotted this YouTube: A vision of students today. Michael Wesch asked his students – what is it like being a student today? – and dozens of them collaborated to produce this response.

For me the opening is the most provocative part. We enter a standard lecture theatre and I’m struck by how hopelessly antiquated is the model of learning it represents. It’s pretty much the antithesis of the peer-to-peer learning that the video goes on to explore. A phrase repeats in my mind as I consider that lecture hall. It’s a phrase I hear in my head in many business conferences based on expert-to-supine-audience models: what a waste of brains.

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