Pacific Northwest Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference
Today, I'm in Spokane at the Teaching and Learning conference, together with lots of our Cascadia collegues. I'm at the keynote presentation, by George Siemens, a teaching and learning consultant.
He's talking about connectivism. He's making huge assumptions about the tech savvyness of this crowd that I don't think are quite appropriate, and I wonder if he's losing people as a result. For example, he said that he never reads a newspaper and gets all of his news from his setup in Google Reader. I'm betting most of the people here have never even heard of Google reader and don't use any other RSS aggregator either.
He's also assuming everyone is using open source content, allowing students to shape their learning, using Twitter. He's certainly talking about where education could be, but it's nowhere near there.