Just when I finish linking the MOOC movement with societal and cultural movements working against teaching as a profession, I find a weeks-old Wall Street Journal article asking if teachers will be necessary in the future. The jist, as you could imagine, is that technology allows for lecture to be put online for others to see, so do we need all of these lecturers when we can just get some “star teachers” to record some HD video? Learning is the accrual of content, so why not get the well-known people to share the content?
My problem with this educational futures is it sits squarely opposed to conventional and contemporary learning theory. Continue reading