The best thing about MOOCs? The low barriers to participation.
The worst thing about MOOCs? The low barriers to participation.
There’s a lot of angst about low rates of completion of Massive Open Online Courses but for anyone who has ever signed up for one it is not hard to see why this is the case. [Read More…]
I’m trying to unpack some of my own experience and dust off a few ideas that might be useful for my own students.
Someone recently sent me a link to a 99u article titled You Don’t Need To Learn To Code + Other Truths About the Future of Careers. There is a lot of angst about whether one should or should not learn to code. Actually this is part of a larger narrative about educators being clairvoyant enough to know what their students should require for the (unknown, perhaps unknowable) future. I see a lot of educators go, “They need to know how to do this… and this… and, of course, this too!”
Suddenly the list of things one needs to know is huge. Much too long in fact for the time allocated to any particular educational setting. While it probably is true that we need to know more things than we have in the past, it is possible to dive too shallow and too wide. This approach doesn’t seem to produce much except anxious and neurotic students.
According to 99u:
If becoming a programmer is appealing to you, great. But seeking employment based on any one “hard skill” is an outdated way of thinking.
Is coding a hard skill? [Read More…]