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Illustrating “any time, anywhere”

Posted on: August 18, 2017

I find it odd how headlines and news articles tout “any time, anywhere” but accompany them with photos of students during school hours in a classroom.

The headlines are not wrong because school is technically one time and place for “any time, anywhere”. However, this is just a sliver of the whole experience. Furthermore, illustrating just one experience colours the expectations of readers and reveals the mindset of those who make and share the news.

Those who do military service in Singapore will be familiar with OTOT — own time, own target. The Student Learning Space (SLS) is touted to allow student to have their OTOT by self-directed learning.

But we must be more critical of such a claim. OTOT is not realistic if the current practices of the curricula race and assessment do not change. Time is limited in such a race and no one wants to come in last in assessment.

The alternative behaviours can be difficult to show and achieve. This is in part due to the fact that the makers and sharers of the news do not know what it might look like. How can they if they have not experienced this first hand?

Even if they have, consider these. What if your anywhere is perching on the porcelain throne? What if your any and own time is waiting in a queue or right before you sleep? The photos or videos of these might look like the type fear-mongers love using, e.g., addiction to a device.
 

 
If you are going to tout it, you must shout it. All of it. If participants and stakeholders of an intervention do not see new models and possibilities, they will do the same old thing. If they do not change, then “any time, anywhere” becomes “no time to do, going nowhere” instead.

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