In the vastness of the information landscape at everyone’s fingertips, without this guide, the student can easily become bogged down, miss the big picture and indeed massive sections of the potential curriculum.
My own question then, becomes – if we recognise the limitations of the approaches of traditional teacher-led education, and the overwhelming possibilities of heutagogy and the social, connected learning sphere, can these be meshed in some way to provide a stronger whole? Is there a way of embedding heutagogical aspects within learning programmes? Can you incorporate it into instructional design even?
I suppose what I’m talking about is an instructor who leads the learner through the broad content field, giving them the tools to harness their own ideas and generate their own learning opportunities; getting involved where necessary, and stepping back where not.