I am an advocate for accelerating learning. It is really, really important. Why? Because we have to learn faster if we are going to be able to cope with the types of global challenges that we face these days. And because we want to in order to learn how to live better. And because we can.
We can? Sure. Technology is offering us tools that allow us to re-think how we learn and how we can learn more efficiently - and more meaningfully. But we need to learn how to use these tools.
For example,we know that video is the most powerful content delivery medium we have. Check. And we are seeing more presentations (knowledge transfers) that used to be done in class (lecture) or via books now offered via video. So what is the relationship between that experience and what we do in groups? Or are groups no longer needed? Should we ditch the whole idea of classrooms and just learn by attending MOOCs?
I think we still need to get together - but not to sit there listening to lectures all day. Getting together gives us a chance to learn in ways that we cannot do so well alone.Like what? Well, in groups we can help people learn how to use information (not just absorb it). And we can discuss the value of what we know. And we can learn how to interact more efficiently. And we can generate new ideas.
Right so, what should the relationship between remote learning and intimate learning look like? I think Salman Kahn has a good vision here and it is worth checking out.