Why do I love this so much? Because he turns the CW on its head:
Conventional wisdom: Smaller classes are better.
Wesch’s wisdom: Huge classes are an opportunity!
I teach these huge classrooms of 400 students, and when I look out into that audience, I’m really thinking about how I can get all of their intelligence to work together so we can do something really amazing. If you think about what one person can do, that’s interesting, but when you think about what 400 people can do when they all work together, that’s really interesting. So my job has become increasingly about how can I harness the collective intelligence of these 400 people in front of me instead of just lecturing at them.
Watch ’til 2:45, at least. This is lighting my brain on fire.
Schools as laboratories for collaboration!
The multidivision corporation with layers of management is the archetypal 20th century organizational form. But the internet-enabled 21st century is all about the wealth of networks and nearly frictionless group coordination; the logic of that form is in flux. What’s the new archetype? How are we going to figure it out?
Maybe we’ll learn in school.