Gurus of the 21st Century

In the Era of Learning 2.0, we want our students to be knowledge diggers and sharers, independent and evaluative learners, highly motivated to achieve, more supportive and yet more constructively critical of each others’ work. Don’t we?

What if there was a webby platform that supported these fine aspirations? Would we encourage its use?
Gradeguru.com (an offshoot of publishing group McGraw Hill) offers a way forward. Does this help?

Many academics I’ve talked to are largely unconvinced that taking part will be little more than a diversion and might be harmless to learning!

Grade guru just signed a contract with Turnitin so plagiarism is partly taken care of…. Motivation is incentived with vouchers for the most popular posts, judged by the users.

Gilly Salmon

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  1. bdra

     /  February 18, 2009

    Would very much agree with the spirit and ethos of ‘what we want our learners to be’, as outlined in the first paragraph, or at least ‘would like’ them to be. Many learners would probably also subscribe to these points too. The challenge, IMHO, comes in the delivery and implementation of such aims, with many learners seemingly becoming more instrumental as learning resources and technological possibilities grow.

    Thus, something like GradeGuru, if it prompts a more questing, enquiring and critical approach would be a useful step forward. There is, though, perhaps a danger that it could become an ‘EduPedia’ type of resource, an easy and quick source of information ‘ready meals’ or even ‘takeaways’ for students, rather than to be selected, savoured and digested in a more relaxed manner.

    Roger Dence

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