Maharg: Emergent educational designs and distributed autonomous organisations

Professor Dr. Paul Maharg of Australian National University has posted Emergent educational designs and distributed autonomous organisations, at his blog.

The post begins with comments on Kate Galloway, LL.M.‘s earlier post: Legal education in a digital context.

Professor Maharg’s post continues:

[…] The nature of how we teach will change radically; and how will affect what. Problem-based learning, simulation, clinic are (to quote Lee Shulman) the shadow pedagogies that are slowly emerging from the shadows. But behind them, waiting to emerge, hand-in-hand with digital technologies, are even more shadowy, much more powerfully technologized and personal curriculum designs, which we need to understand and adapt.

What are these shadowy pedagogies? See for instance Eris – a platform for distributed autonomous organizations (DAOs) that use Ethereum blockchain technologies. […] In the WG Hart presentation a few days ago I summarised some of the uses of this open technology […] In legal education, a blockchained environment might include learning objects, a comms system, a badge system (eg Mozilla Badges), a payment system, access to knowledge and skills environments and other decentralised functions. Decentralisation — what’s the role of the LMS then? I’d guess that we’re already moving away from it, and blockchained legal education will probably render it unwieldy, pointless.

More fundamentally, and given disintermediation, what does this do to the nature, role and status of the law school as educational institution? And how should this be regulated? We have papers on Bitcoin regulation to use as a model, but we need much more imaginative thinking, and we need to do that with regulators, as I argued at the WG Hart Workshop, and bring them with us in our thinking. Above all, we need to do it for ourselves and our students, so that we can greet the technologies as they emerge from the shadows, and draw them into the endless educational conversation, glancing awhile at the figures behind them, waiting their turn to emerge into the light.

For more details, please see the complete post.

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