The Web and Ed We Want via Justin Reich

Justin Reich’s recent Berkman Center talk – “The Web We Want and the Ed We Want” – is a great, actually entertaining tour through the recent history of the web and the parallel narrative of the web and education.

I am posting it here as a note to myself. At this point in time, Reich captures key themes of conversations I have been dropping in on at conferences, on social media and in exchanges with educators I admire. The key theme, in Reich’s words: “Students should own their means of production. Our technology should connect students to each other and to their work.”

I was particularly interested in his tour of his course – T509 Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale. The course is built on a blog-and-social-media syndication model based on the work of Jim Groom, Alan Levine and others. It is also in line with the recent work and discussion associated with Christina Hendrick’s Teaching with WordPress.

The first 30 minutes is the formal part of talk, followed by discussion. Lots of lessons to be taken from the T509 design (and how it might impact my thinking about msloc430). Also a lot of great quotable moments.

2 thoughts on “The Web and Ed We Want via Justin Reich

  1. Hi Jeff – many thanks for this! I had hoped to tune in to Justin’s talk but it was at a bad time for me. So thanks for sharing your brief notes and the link to the video recording. I’ll make some time to watch it πŸ™‚

    Hope all is well with you. Seems like you have been doing and learning a lot this year, from what I see from time to time on Twitter. As always, many thanks for sharing your work and your thinking — always appreciated.

    Take care,

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    1. Hey Catherine – You’re welcome! And thanks for the kind words…Just trying to follow the good example of peeps like you.

      Yes, I really did love this talk on a number of levels. Trying to work on another iteration of opening up my course (won’t teach it again until January). Have learned a lot – by messing up a good bit mostly. πŸ™‚ But it’s been interesting and fun.

      Also – excited to see how your Phd research goes. Here’s to it …going…


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