Every blog post I read, every tweeted link I see, every breathless gushing article about “tsunamis” and “disruption” I flick past is a nail in the coffin of rational and realistic debate about the way connected technology can support learning. Every sturm und drang keynote – every hyped-up sharp-suited Silicon Valley sales pitch takes us further and further away from the idea of people talking to each other, making stuff, and learning as they go.
And now, this October, it is time to take a stand. I am pledging to refrain from discussing, speculating and analysing the trend for the remainder of this month. On my blog, on twitter, in conversation. It is no longer anything to do with those who are interested in education and technology. It is a monster, and I refuse to be a part of the forces that are feeding it.
If you agree – join me. Celebrate #mooctober by writing about everything else in the education, technology, funding and policy world that catches your eye. But ignoring this one, glaringly overdone and over-hyped topic.
#MOOCtober 2012. End the madness.
(ps: #ds106isNotaMOOC – likewise #phonar )