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The Danger of Overcustomizing Education for Every Student: Can technology make education too customized for the student?

"As a gamer I want a video game to hold my hand when I begin, but I do not want it to customize the boss battle for me. I want the boss battle to test me, and I want to feel a sense of growth and accomplishment when I slay him. In the real world and in our lives, the “bosses” (e.g., global warming, growing inequality, bad jobs, transformative change, and worldwide poverty) are not going to adapt to us. We must enter the fray and let the battle make us better than we were before."

Adapted from The Anti-Education Era by James Paul Gee. Copyright © 2013 by the author and reprinted by permission of Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Lt

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If you're not a fan of Mass Customized Learning and similar curriculum programs, you'll probably agree with Gee's argument that technology allows curriculum to become overly individualized. 

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Where is Technology Leading Higher Education?

Where is Technology Leading Higher Education? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By Doug Ward The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country.

Read on to discover how technology is changing the way post-secondary ed delivers its product.  You may be reminded of the phrase "mass customization"--but at the college level, the buzzword is MOOC.

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