commenting on ‘What would Paulo Freire think of Blackboard?’

commenting on ‘What would Paulo Freire think of Blackboard?’

Drick Boyd’s “What would Paulo Freire think of Blackboard?” is a provocative piece worth moving to the top of your ‘I should look into this’ list. Online learning has become more prominent and easy-to-use. Boyd is correct in urging educators to check their assumptions about the internal and often-subliminal messaging written into the DNA of a commercial Learning Management System (LMS). Information and artifacts move efficiently to and from teachers and learners in an LMS, however, how many of us have stopped to “wonder about the nature of their learning experience”? What symbolic language and encoded values come from the software itself? And do those languages and values reflect the lessons, language, and values of the instructor? Or even the school? How might educational theorists respond to what they see happening as the teaching and learning cycle in an LMS? Is it student-centered? Teacher-centered? Is it inclusive? Does it allow for questioning the dominant culture? Are there restrictions placed on student...
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