Tele-Education is the future
The fundamental shift that digital learning tools are enabling is from a LINEAR method of acquiring knowledge to a MULTISENSORY, MULTILAYERED, NETWORKED form of knowledge that is self-corrective, evolutionary, and is built for self-organization. The linearity that is eroding is both in the schema of information arranged within the human mind, and the presentation and availability of information outside.
Further, it challenges the role of the Teacher, who is no longer a Brochure or a Book or a Pulpit or Minaret, but themselves a tool for adapting information correctly and to steer the Self well. Digital technology does not ERODE the teacher, it CHALLENGES and INVOLVES them in the learning process, whereas learning is not taking place in an isolated mind (of ‘the student’), but is a shared experience like laughter and fear. It requires elder guidance.
As for ‘opinions formed in isolation’, the fact is that closed communities are not only NOT a threat to knowledge, but are rather the NURSERIES and INCUBATORS of it. Communities, tribes, and iconic cultures are where primary knowledge is conceived and taken through the stages of Inception until it becomes mainstream. This ‘closed community’ can be a tribe of fashion designers in New York, impressionist painters in France, or hunters in a Pamiri tribe.
Digital connectivity connects tribes ancient and modern, blood tribes and the clans of the like-minded, and allow them to learn from and share with each other. In that way, the know-how of the human race is promoted and preserved. What is not known and remembered is as though it has not come to existence. A teacher or elder guides the learner through the process of negotiating with and adapting to such information.
This requires a shift in thinking about what EDUCATION is and how it is delivered.