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Capturing Backchannel

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

Real education is taking place in the conversation taking place between students
on new devices and in new languages that the professors don't understand or may even
know is taking place. Yet, apturing that "backchannel" conversation and channeling into
self-directed learning styles with teachers as guides and coaches may be a part of
the future of education as entertaint and social space on-line. Our efforts to enable
it with Java are starting to produce some amazing ideas.

I heard a story from a teacher this past week where he said there was trepidation in
the faculty conference rooms as students could quickly google anything the
teacher said and then call them on it publicly in class. An interesting situation
for sure. After some thought, he offered that many teachers are now embracing
this kind of immediate access into their teaching style and challenging the
students in new ways and styles of learning.

One of my favorite anthems as a kid was "Question Authority". Now, both kids
and teachers are starting to think differently about the way to inter-act. One
model is memorization and repetition of silos of information. Another might
be to lay our scenarios that teach a lesson or story and provide the emphasis
on the tools kids need to solve problems, work together and inspire passion
in each other and their teacher to know things. There's a lot of learning taking
place in the serious games space and we should all be open to trying things
in new ways.


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