Learning 2.0


John Seely Brown and Richard P. Alder, from “Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0,” 2008 (pdf).

In a traditional Cartesian educational system, students may spend years learning about a subject; only after amassing sufficient (explicit) knowledge are they expected to start acquiring the (tacit) knowledge or practice of how to be an active practitioner/professional in a field. …

Viewing learning as the process of joining a community of practice reverses this pattern and allows new students to engage in “learning to be” even as they are mastering the content of a field. This encourages the practice of what John Dewey called “productive inquiry” – that is, the process of seeking the knowledge when it is needed in order to carry out a particular situated task.