The paragraph below, copied from
the Web site of Collaboration
Across Borders, served to announce an online dialogue that
has meanwhile taken place.
Jan Visser, President of the
Learning Development Institute and former UNESCO Director for
Learning Without Frontiers, will be facilitating a discussion
on the extent to which the school should be considered an essential
- or even merely helpful - environment for fostering learning.
Some people prefer to do entirely away with the school; others
see no harm; yet others see the school as unavoidable but would
like to improve what happens inside its walls. Online education
has adopted many of the metaphors that inspire the brick-and-mortar
schools. Hence, there are good reasons to raise pertinent questions
about the schooling practice and the rich array of connotations
that go with it at a time when more and more learning takes place
in virtual space. You can check out Jan Vissers ideas and
activities at http://www.learndev.org and http://jvisser-ldi.blogspot.com/.
Jan made some telling contributions to our discussion on Assessment
of Online Discussion in Jan 2006, and we look forward to his
ideas on how to overcome the underdevelopment of learning and