Wrapping and grasping

Jenny is  asking why we often try to capture and … package something.  If I understood McGilchrist correctly, this is a feature of one of the two fundamental “modes of operation” of our brain,


and much of our daily life consists of collapsing (“-“) nested  logical containers, or expanding (“+”) them, so much that we  finally notice the unbalance.

The occasion for her question was George’s  framework for MOOCs. I think there is nothing wrong with a framework — as  long as we are aware of its limitations. And I am sure that George  is aware of them. Long ago, he similarly discussed a  connectivism taxonomy, arguing

“I imagine instead of a taxonomy,  I should create a networked view of how these elements interact.  That’s a future task. For now, here is a connectivism  taxonomy”

And there is nothing wrong with either approach of trying to  make the difficult terms clearer — unless the terminology is  abused for claiming   rock solid evidence for yet another ultimate prescription. I trust that the  9 components of the Framework cannot easily be abused that way.

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2 Responses to Wrapping and grasping

  1. Pingback: Lassoing the coltish concepts of Emergent Learning and MOOCs | Jenny Connected

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