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AdBlock, TeachBlock?

Posted on: September 9, 2016

After reading this TechCrunch article on why the advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock, I wondered what might happen if students had TeachBlock.

I am not referring to students switching off during a boring lecture or tuning into something else during a lesson. This is obvious to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of what some call body language.

Neither am I referring to end of course student feedback on teaching that, rightly or wrongly, is so poor that the instructor never teaches that course again.

In both those cases, the instructor cannot get past TeachBlock similar to the way online ads cannot get past AdBlock. I imagine TeachBlock working a few ways.

  • Blacklisted teaching behaviours are automatically blocked from users because they are harmful or not helpful.
  • Learners have the option of blocking some behaviours and allowing others through.
  • Only the best strategies survive not because this is a popularity contest, but because they are effective.

Just as AdBlock sends a clear message to advertisers that they need to consider the needs and expectations of their audiences more, TeachBlock lets teachers know what is effective and what is not.

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