Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shifting Norms and Answerleaks

In an age of disaggregation, and of transparency, and of collaboration, and of shifting approaches to learning (e.g., from sit and get to PBL), this is an example of a fault-line, a place where the friction of these vastly different perspectives come to heat with emotion.

In what is being termed as "Answerleaks," students where able to access advanced copies of an examination. Not all but many actually accessed the data to better prepare themselves for an examination. Indeed on the surface is seems obvious: they cheated and should be held liable for their lapse in judgement.

However, when looked at through the lens of a 20-year-old who has grown up in an age of transparency, of 24/7 access to information (which is omnipresent so there is no need to memorize it), of de-centralized but socialized power, and of collaboration, the situation may look a bit different.

Here is the video of the professor's reaction to the students actions:

Here is a wonderful analysis from Miami Herald.

What do you think of these two opposing points-of-view? Is there someone who is just plain wrong? Someone thinking archaically? What are the foundational educational stances at play here and how do these stances relate to adult success in the 21st Century?

1 comment:

  1. A perfect example of how our values are being questioned in light of Web 2.0. This is why educational transformation is a wicked problem. There is no one right answer, and what we held dear from the past is now being challenged.