I am not yet ready for the examples required by Eric Duval’s two challenge questions. Instead, I still think about Jenny’s question whether “leveraging abundance is desirable and will lead to better learning”.
I think the main point for abundance is that it may foster diversity (1), under certain preconditions:
- openness (2),
- some New Critical Literacies are needed, in particukar, the skills of picking and of trust (but these are also reinforced by practicing with the abundance);
- autonomy (3), not only for picking, but also for turning one’s passion into depth (and together with the other new Critical Literacies, it fosters Independent Thinking which, in turn, reinforces autonomy);
- Connectedness (4), the fourth connectivist principle, is also needed if passion shall lead to depth of learning.
Abundance offers the best chance to generate a true, authentic, random statistical kind of diversity which can finally lead to a representative, exemplary breadth of learning, because is destroys the illusion that one could still gain some comprehensive core knowledge, or some unbiased curated selection.