This ties in with an excellent post by George Siemens, It's new, it's new, which questions some of the enthusiasm about net-based learning. Many of us claim rather optimistically that a total transformation of education is needed and that past practices must be swept away. Siemens calls for a more pragmatic and less revolutionary development and warns against elements of arrogance:
"First, we need to get over the view that our generation is astonishingly unique. Hasn’t every generation faced new technologies to solve problems not foreseen? The present moment arrogance that invades much of school reform thinking is frustrating.
The skills needed to be a good educator or learner are, in essence, much the same as they always have been. Siemens lists six key skills for educators of any century:
- Technical competence - knowing how to make best use of the available tools of the day.
- Experimentation - always trying new ways to nurture learning, teacher as researcher.
"Educators should constantly be experimenting with new technologies and pedagogies, refining their learning approach to constantly changing contexts."
- Autonomy - developing learner autonomy, students as teachers, teachers as students.
- Creation - fostering learner creativity.
- Play - learning should be more fun.
- Developing capacity for complexity - learning, like life, is complex. We must learn to deal with disorder and the unexpected.