MOOCs = Skinner’s Box 2.0?

blackBoxA radical high school teacher came up with the title.

Last year his class ran under his experimental class operating system in stealth mode. Howard Rheingold, Jerry Michalski, and others, myself included, have dropped by. The teacher will uncloak soon to reveal an interdisciplinary approach where students select what to learn from Open Education resources. Learning is experiential and self-directed.

We had scant time to talk because I’m under the gun completing a project but I immediately Continue reading

Vote for your favorite learning tool

It’s time to vote for your ten favorite learning tools.

Jane Hart started this poll five years ago. I was the first participant.



Now more than a half million people check out the results. The trends tell the story of how online learning is changing. The past five years bear witness to major shifts, from authoring Push content to discovering via Pull and learning in communities.

What is a “learning tool”? This could be a tool you use for teaching, Continue reading

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Third post in a series. In case you missed it, here are the first and second.

Technological infrastructure for social learning

Work and learning are converging, and as this change happens, the infrastructure of the old corporate learning must go – things like traditional one-size-fit-all in-person training seminars. In its place enters social and informal learning hubs like on-demand content, live online discussions, wikis and forums, and searchable content archives. The Continue reading