What do S-curves, white water rafting and Wikipedia have to do with education in the 21st century?

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What do S-curves, the Digital Revolution, white-water rafting, World of Warcraft, Jeff Bezos, Jurassic Park, Wikipedia and Harry Porter have to do with each other when we talk about education? […]

What does scalable learning entail? JSB used white- water rafting as a metaphor for scalable learning. In white-water rafting, learning emerges through the interactions of each micro-second, as if a “conversation” with the water (context) through the paddle is taking place. White-water rafting represents scalable learning as a notion of total embodied cognition and deep participation in a constant flow of knowledge.

Scalable learning also takes into account how knowledge has moved onto networks. In his book, Too Big to Know (2012), David Weinberger observed that people used to know “how to know” by getting their knowledge as answers or facts from books and experts. However, since knowledge has moved onto networks, there is more knowledge than ever but topics have no boundaries and nobody agrees on anything. Perhaps now, good questions are more important than answers when it comes to learning in the Big Shift era. (Learning in and for the 21st Century, John Seely Brown, 2012, pdf) [link and emphases added]

Join the conversation this Monday, October 28, 7-8pm, at the Honors Salon, to explore how the world is changing and what that means for what we need to learn and how we need to learn it in and for the 21st century.

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