Although I enjoyed the interviews, I have a question: what is the connection between Learning 2.0 and the disadvantaged? I don’t have a problem with the European Commission trying to do a bit of social engineering to see if new web 2.0 tools will help the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups, but aren’t there other factors, such as social inequity, poverty, economic stagnation, and other larger forces that will largely outweigh the impact of technology, however well designed and well meaning the projects? None of the speakers addressed this.
Don’t misunderstand me – I think learner-centered teaching and web 2.0 tools fit like a glove on a hand, and are the best thing since sliced bread in education – but don’t load up expectations that they are the answer to all the world’s problems, unless they are used for social revolution in the way they have been used in the Arab Spring. But I don’t think that’s what the European Commission had in mind when it funded this project.
This is no criticism of the speakers who did a valiant job answering big questions in a short time.