Rene Magritte 1928-1929, Surrealism
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In a recent discussion about online learning it was suggested that cross-posting, digression and double posting somehow foster confusion…

My response to that suggestion :

Confusion can also been seen as a natural state of humans when learning.  Let’s be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater… the ACT of having the discussion is where the key learning begins.  Plurality, division, uncertainty and ambiguity are all hallmarks of the postmodern condition – I suggest that in Education we embrace those qualities… and perhaps reducing confusion isn’t always a useful undertaking.

Digression is where the most interesting learning occurs and through digression students begin to develop their own capacity for self-motivated learning.

Crossposting can be seen as a form of interdisciplinary engagement… a way of bridging two communities – of invoking the liminal space that exists at the nexus of engagement in more than a single disciplinary approach… the hallmark of interdisciplinarity is tension.

I’m sure each of us can think of times we’ve been surprised and leapt in our understanding because the predictable linear route was circumvented by disruptive elements… and we ended up with a much richer understanding of our practice as a result.

Who can forget Rene Magritte?


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