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Better questions, not harder ones

Posted on: July 13, 2015

When I read this article titled How Technology Is Changing the Way People Learn, I walked away with two thoughts.

First, technology may be changing the way we learn, but that does not mean it has changed the way we measure success or failure to learn.

We can now learn from multiple sources in multiple ways along multiple timelines. However, whether someone supposedly learns something is still judged very narrowly by conventional tests.

Second, the conclusion was a pithy quote from Clive Thompson: How should you respond when you get powerful new tools for finding answers? Think of harder questions. As quickly as I nodded my head, I shook it.

We should be thinking of better questions, not just harder ones. A better question might be harder, but difficulty is not the only criterion for better. A question that is authentic, meaningful, or engaging is better, but not necessarily harder.

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