Friday, December 3, 2010

Embracing Emergent Curriculum in Higher Education

College professors are making use of social media to allow students to direct their own learning:
If we build curricula around formats, we are likely to find ourselves unable to respond quickly to changing conditions, when new formats replace old or when the scope of the problem expands. And if we tie the teaching of form to decontextualized exercises, we risk being only about abstract principles that are later challenged by shifting media contexts and by the growing need for things that are social as well as visual.
According to Davis' provocative vision, flexible curricula suggest: 
* Important content may not require its own course
* Faculty may not work with all of the students all of the time
* Different students may achieve the same curricular outcomes through different curricular paths

Read the whole article here.

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