There was this storm last night. I get hay fever. And that is the end of the night. So ABC 774 all night and I was there before @SammyJ came in to work.
So, I have been thinking.
Let us treat this as a thought experiment.
The Covid Pivot – a full two years of education online means something. Historically – what it means is that I ought to return the grant money I received for the project – I love Blended Learning – in 2016. The Project goal? To drag a reluctant academic into:
- online (too far?) learning
- blended (better?) learning.
- And you, dear reader – how do you vote?
To continue the proposition
As a scientist we have evidence of a 2 year experiment. Some thing has grown – its a tree now. So, cant be put back into the seed pod or the jar of seeds that it came out of. What is the shift?
- All teachers can teach online.
- Students can learn online.
Then in 2022 – we have a new rule: “you have to go back to teach in physical classrooms”. The administrators say – okay we will implement that. But let follow this experiment through.
- Some teachers may want to teach online.
- Some students may want to learn online.
We address this in this way: On the menu is:
- Time travel to 2019 – back to the way it used to be or
- you can travel to 2022 – which we dont know what that is yet. But it will build on 20 and 21. (Any thoughts @elonmusk?)
In effect you have to choose, click on the relevant box marked 2019 – to get access to the air conditioned rooms with Herman Miller chairs with wheels, the labs, the workshops.
Now If you choose, the OTHER! Aha!
Click on the box marked 2022 – you get access to something else.
- Anytime University?
- Digital commensality?
- Growth spurt?
- Anywhere studio?
- Pub nights?
This ‘else’ is what has become a wonderland (rabbit hole?) for me.
That is right pity me: Speculative intellectual pathways on stormy nights!
What do we choose? What do we choose? What do we choose?
Backward or forward?
And therein lies a question.
The future will call us to account – for did we blink*? Or did we do what we inveigle our students to do – be visionary?
*Reference to Cuba. And Castro: “We hadn’t even turned a shade of pink when they started calling us red”.