Thursday, December 15, 2011

So You Think You Can Learn

In a 2010 piece on HASTAC* Duke Humanities professor Cathy Davidson reflects on reality TV, authentic learning, peer grading, crowd-sourcing instruction to students, and more.

Here's an excerpt:

"I'm not a big television watcher, have almost no interest in most reality shows, but am addicted to "So You Think You Can Dance."   It's not only because I love dance (although that helps), but also because it is a rare example of how excellent, rigorous feedback can contribute towards a goal of excellence, not only for the individual involved but for a larger community.   It is also a rare example of people with extraordinary talents in one area learning to adapt those talents to parallel (but quite different) areas.  In other words, it is a fantastic counter-model of teaching and learning, expertise and specialization, than one finds in traditional learning models, many of which I find, frankly, impoverished, enervating, uninspiring, and unproductive.  There.  I've said it."

Read the article:

*HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science,and technology Advanced Colaboratory:

1 comment:

  1. I like the tough love approach of her blog entry. Sounds like something I would say. ;-)