In this age of digital and social networks, knowledge is everywhere. No longer must we buy into the “sage on a stage” notion of learning in which expert faculty pour knowledge into the empty vessels that are students. With the help of technology, we are moving from a teacher-centered paradigm to a learner-centered paradigm; from didactic instruction to collaborative knowledge construction.
Siemens (2012) argued that we must align “teaching and learning with the way in which information is created, negotiated, and shared through digital and social networks.”
The challenge for educators is to leverage these networks in such a way that facilitates access to reliable sources of information while supporting knowledge creation and collaboration.
So how do we achieve this? Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton, is building a system to do it. Ferreira says that “online education is on the cusp of massive change, and only 100 cognoscenti know about it.”