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Another way of looking at instructional design

Jay Cross takes us back to the events of 9/11 and then to WWII, Skinner and Sherlock Holmes to explain learning landscapes -- his version of Web 2.0 for eLearning (I hope that is a nice way of putting it, going by the context of the last post).

"Learning environments, which I’ll dub learnscapes, are like landscapes. They make sense as a whole, not simply a bunch of independent courses and workshops. As in nature, you don’t get very far if you think only of people, ignoring the community in which they are interconnected. We can establish the starting conditions, but then we have to let the plants (or the people) grow as they will. Each organism contains it own feedback loops; adaptation is their destiny. Shouting at them won’t turn roses into rhubarb or artists into engineers, for a rose is a rose is a rose, and a person comes with hard-wired aspects as well as flexibility."

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