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5.3 Abundant content

The advent of the internet combined with easy to use tools (which means content can be created and shared easily) has seen a fundamental shift in our relationship to content, from one of scarcity to one of abundance. This has had profound implications in other sectors, such as the music industry, but is only beginning to be felt in education. In the next activity you will consider the impact the arrival of abundant content has had (or could have) on teaching.

Activity 17: The role of abundance

Timing: 4 hours
  • Read Weller (2011), A pedagogy of abundance [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

    In the conclusion two questions are posed: ‘The issue for educators is twofold I would suggest: firstly how can they best take advantage of abundance in their own teaching practice, and secondly how do we best equip learners to make use of it?’

  • Post a comment to contribute an answer to one of these questions, drawing on your own context and experience. For example, you might suggest that we could best equip learners to make use of abundant content by developing their critical analysis skills.


Any real solution to either of these questions would involve a set of different approaches, but you are only required to suggest one element, not the complete answer, although hopefully an answer may emerge from the range of contributions.


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