“Teaching in the Time of Google”

In an April 24, 2016 Chronicle Review article HigherEdDoomedMichael Patrick Lynch, philosophy professor at UConn, reflects on what education offers when a world if information is at our fingertips. He distinguishes between information (which he calls “Google-knowing), and understanding, which aims at comprehending the relationships among different pieces of information. In history and the sciences, he writes, those relationships are causal; in literature they are symbolic and emotional. It takes creativity to connect the dots of information.
One bonmot encapsulating the crowdsourced nature of the web: “The Internet is at one and the same time the most glorious fact-checker and the most effective bias-affirmer ever invented.”


About hmarcuse

I've been an environmentalist since my college days in the 1970s (May 1977 Seabrook, New Hampshire occupation) , and am now a professor of German history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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