In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ …
- Students do low-level work at times that are convenient.
- Students do low-level work from places that are convenient.
- Students do low-level work on their own, unique path.
- Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace.
But it’s still low-level work.
Digitizing, chunking, and algorithmizing worksheet-like learning tasks doesn’t move them out of the domains of factual recall and procedural regurgitation. The modality doesn’t change the substance of the learning task. Until we are willing to address the kinds of work that we ask students to do on a day-to-day basis, not just the delivery mode, the any time, any place, any path, any pace mantra isn’t going to change a thing…