I might be dating myself here, but I remember when MTV (or Much Music in Canada) came on the scene. With it came a whole new revolution in music. We, in fact, became known as the MTV generation. With it came the call that video was here to kill the radio (Sure the song predates MTV by 2 years, but you get my drift). Here I write this post 38 years later, and while music has gone through its share of iterations, I think it is safe to say that the radio star is still alive and well.
What has this got to do with Open Educational Resources (OER)?
I do believe that OER is revolutionary. I think that it has the power to transform education. It offers so many benefits that have been written about by others who are smarter, faster, and stronger than I (see Rajiv Jhangiani, Robin Derosa, Catherine Cronin, Maha Bali, David Wiley just to name a select few). I have also heard that it is a panacea, a cure-all for what is broken with education.
In fact, with the use of terms such as OER, blended learning, adaptive learning, some have spoken of how Educational technology will be the death of face to face learning. With all this technology, will we need real live teachers anymore?
I do believe that we are in a shift. Just as music changed with the video revolution, the educational system will have to change as well. But just as we still have the radio star, I have to ask, will we still have teachers? I do believe that until we can create a machine that can experience empathy, us teachers will be just fine.
Just as the Buggles exclaimed in 1979, “ We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far.” We are moving into the future in education. What can we do to make sure that our version of the radio star stays alive and well?