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Comments on: With defenders like these . . . or, Dickens on the books-vs-web debate http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/28/with-defenders-like-these-or-dickens-on-the-books-vs-web-debate/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Rand Spiro http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/28/with-defenders-like-these-or-dickens-on-the-books-vs-web-debate/comment-page-1/#comment-12395 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 05:04:13 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/28/with-defenders-like-these-or-dickens-on-the-books-vs-web-debate/#comment-12395 I have no contempt for text. In my conversations with Ms. Rich I always argued for a balance of traditional text and online learning.

I do, however, argue that in ill-structured domains of knowledge, traditional instruction (text, lectures) seductively neatens the complexity and as a result limits the ability to apply knowledge in that domain in ways different from that initial text or lecture.

The greater nonlinearity of learning on the Web can be an antidote to those reductive tendencies if an opening mindset is employed (rather than looking for facts or answers).

By: Alex http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/28/with-defenders-like-these-or-dickens-on-the-books-vs-web-debate/comment-page-1/#comment-12370 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 18:13:20 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/28/with-defenders-like-these-or-dickens-on-the-books-vs-web-debate/#comment-12370 Oh, Man.

I am so completely in that new elite.

My Reign is Nigh!