Addicted to learning or addicted to grades?

https://landing.athabascau.ca/bookmarks/view/2816324/addicted-to-learning-or-addicted-to-grades

Terrific blog post by Jon Dron in response to an article about the intended addictiveness of social media and certain apps. 

I thought you might find it useful as you are putting together your final projects.

    • David Evans
      David Evans

      Dr. Ardito: Very interesting take on motivation learning we did earlier this fall, and the human quest for being noticed and approved of in the digital world. The skeptic in me (on my shoulder?) keeps saying that learning for learning's sake, intrinsic motivation if you will, is all too rare in the "real world"...that the competitive craze to gain admission to elite institutions of learning, and ultimately to high paying jobs, is rooted in the world of extrinsic motivation and grades. In our world as new teachers, there is no shortage of anxiety about passing CST tests in order to gain employment. These realities are seemingly at odds with the preferable goals of intrinsic motivation: a wonderful ideal that seems to have an uphill climb in a world of assessments and differentiation. Understanding this apparent contradiction is perhaps a necessary and important step toward the ideal Jon Dron details. Thank you.

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        David,

        I think the difference is a bigger one - it is the difference between formal educational systems and learning. I am not sure how to square that circle, but it is a challenge that I try to keep in front of me.

        • David Evans
          David Evans

          Agreed, the educational system is definitely moving toward more cooperative learning.  I was talking to a 24 year old medical student at Boston University yesterday, and she expressed relief that they had moved to a Pass-Fail system, and that the learning climate there was healthier than in the past.  She was enjoying her education with more "intrinsic" enthusiasm (and still learning what she needs to learn) and less anxiety as a result.

        EDG 606 Fall 2017

        EDG 606 Fall 2017

        This is the online home for the EDG 606 Learning Environments course with Dr. Ardito for Fall 2017.