Wednesday, May 14, 2008

If I had a hammer...

Mark Berthelemy addresses one my key concerns about the proliferation of rapid elearning materials.

I have seen some pretty dire PowerPoint presentations posing as learning materials in my lifetime. The thought of these perpetrators authors - being able to sex these things up and get away with inflicting them on learners for even longer...

Silk purse, anyone?


Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Kia Ora Karyn.

They said the same sort of things when Over-head projectors came out and there was a wave of enthusiasm over how these devices could be used to pour the learning into the orifices of the learners heads.

I wonder what sort of discussions were going around when blackboard and chalk was a new pedagogical device.

Y’know I learnt recently that an artist in New Zealand was making wonderful pieces of art using a chain-saw on pine logs. Okay, whatever happened to the hammer and chisel? No matter! It’s not the tools, but how they are used that’s important.

Ka kite
from Middle-earth

Anonymous said...

"It’s not the tools, but how they are used that’s important."

You make a good point, my middle-earth friend!