Online Learning Update

October 19, 2011

Online Learning Should Inspire Curiosity and Imagination – Michael Wesch: It’s a ‘Pull, Pull’ World

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By John K. Waters, THE Journal

Educators play a critical role in the development of the essential skills students need to navigate the blizzard of unfiltered information available to them via the Web. Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, said he believes they should also be fostering something more basic: curiosity and imagination. “The new media landscape is a ‘pull’ environment,” Wesch said. “Nothing is pushed to you from the Web, which makes it essential that we inspire students to seek out the knowledge that’s out there. The content isn’t fundamentally different, but the environment just demands more curiosity and imagination.”

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