The Digital Promise – It Must Be Sustainable


A model for a teacher-empowering digital promise is the MOOC, which re-envisions the educator’s role in the context of the open web. The teacher of the future will be able to develop a teaching and learning environment using the resources on the web, which could incorporate closed options such as CMSs and LMSs as well as face-to-face blended activities. She will also be able to teach her students how to create personal learning environments and how to connect them in infinite ways to form networks, semi-permanent or on the fly, large or small, for specific educational purposes.

This model is sustainable because it empowers and relies on teachers – not costly outside sources. Through the very MOOCs that they use in instruction, they can generate professional development networks to keep up with the latest technology and pedagogy.

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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