Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Between centuries of Educators

So I'm teaching and taking online classes. I've spent the better part of the last four months trying to pull together a leadership class that captures much of the 21st century. It's not so easy to pull this together and put it into a format that fits into today's online courses. After all, most of them are nothing more than broadcast of video, exercises or the age old format shoved into the online viewer shoe. It's like trying to put a new, shiny titanium nail in an old hole of a schooner........the interesting thing is that in collaborating, it's not like the team is working toward building something new, half the team is, the other half is shoeing in the new material to the old hole.

This has cause for me to think about two really important things, asynchronous learning and asynchronous teaching. I'm certain there must be a better way. Even in the Stanford Classes I'm currently taking, which by the way are a brilliant marketing method, I'm finding it to be, solo flying. Now for the very technical and no human required materials I think this is great. Much like learning to fly an airplane it's actually better if one is solo and only risks their life in learning, but in material that is all about people, it's not very effective. Pure theory rarely holds up under the pressures of real leadership. True leaders have molded there knowledge and skills, hammered the dents out and polished the surface to the point that they barely recognize where the academic material resides.

We have to figure out how to share experience with those who will be leaders and use the 21st century knowledge exchange over the 20th century repository of knowledge; read it and pretend to know what's going on and how to solve the issues or challenges.
I'm pretty certain and very hopeful that integrated Experience Technology will give us a better handle on this type of education in the very near future.

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