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Why TV Lost

Education has three components that provide value to learners: content, interaction, and accreditation. Content creation/validation has moved sharply (but not exclusively) to learner control…and where still under institutional control, it’s often available for free. Interaction with peers and experts outside of universities is not confined to classrooms anymore. Blogs, podcasts, mailing lists, etc. offer learners the prospect of connecting with others globally. Which leaves accreditation as the main value offered by institutions to learners. As educators we can look to other information and interaction centric fields for glimpses of what our future holds. Consider the future of news: “smart content, smart sensors, avatars reading the news to you from your television and even interactive newspaper boxes that print out a personalized paper and automa[t]ically orders your customary drink at a nearby Starbucks.”
…or take a few minutes and read this post on Why TV Lost. Read the article with the view of education and learning (i.e. why education lost (will lose) and learning won (will win)).

One Comment

  1. Mark wrote:

    Hi George,

    Hi George,

    A lot of questions/observations here:

    1. Terminological question: What is the difference between ‘education’ and ‘learning’? If ‘education’ wins, doesn’t ‘learning’ win as well?
    2. I wonder whether it’s too early to dance on TV’s grave. After all, radio(!) is still with us.
    3. The challenge to creators of new services is how to generate a viable revenue stream. ‘Free’ and ‘convenient’ must come at a price to someone?
    4. The future of news, and my customary drink being ordered from Starbucks… what if I want a bit of variety for a change? I’m leveraging a bit too much on this last point, I know, but I do find it disturbing. What if I become so predictable, and my tastes so well known, that I become a slave to them? What might this mean for learning?

    Enough from me… thanks.

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