This blog post relates to my study of CCK11, and is inspired by a blog post from a fellow classmate, Skip titled Are we dumbing down? Is multitasking taking away of our ability our ability [sic] to absorb?
While Skip I believe is referring to the distraction of back-channels during an online live web-conference when his refers to multi-tasking and inability to absorb, its his use of the word absorb that I am focused on. Absorb in the context of surface versus deep learning.
Some suggest that surface learning should be avoided as it promotes memorisation and regurgitation – a lack of deep understanding of a concept or idea.
Yet George suggests in his article Connectivism:
A Learning Theory for the Digital Age that today’s learning environment has changed considerably through technology, and amongst a range of questions relating to these changes, asks:
How do learning theories address moments where performance is needed in the absence of complete understanding?
Later in his article, he makes the point:
A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill.
So I take this to mean knowledge at point-of-need. With such a high-rate of change in modern times, it seems to me that this is a real change for 21st century workers. Employees more and more will not intrinsically have the knowledge required to do some tasks and therefore rely on their connective network knowledge. Is it necessary to always know the “ins and outs of a duck’s bum” to achieve your goals?