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: http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/so-you-think-you-can-learn
*HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science,and technology Advanced Colaboratory: http://hastac.org/