What is truth?

Interestingly I started another blog for my certificate II that I’m trying to complete. After missing the point of the exercise several times I finally got there. (A big thank you to Carol Green for her patience…..) Although I’ve not passed yet so I shouldn’t be counting chickens.

Anyway, as part of that blog we are discussing Plato and the allegory of the cave. A part of me wishes I’d come across this 20 years ago, but then again, I may not have placed such importance on the concepts when I was that age. Apparently timing is everything. So, we have come to a discussion of truth. What is it and how do we know it when we do see it? While it’s been an interesting conversation to have with friends on a blog, for me, it actually relates to the world of higher education today.

Truth for academics (as I refer to a lot) is a mixture of research, teaching, technology support, administration, adherence to what appear to be obscure and arcane rules and generally a lot of work. For the first time this week, in real terms, I started to think about what is the truth for students. What are they seeking from higher education and what are we actually providing?

In our rush to go online and become flexible, is the truth that we have left students behind wondering where the lecture went? In an age of information where students can have an answer at their finger tips, is the truth that they have no idea how to research effectively and don’t know the right answer when it appears on the screen? Are we actually facing a truth in higher education that there is no digital native?

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog (been blogging elsewhere) and it’s also been a while since I did any research, so I think for the moment my truth is I need to research more and think more about what the learning experience is for students. In the mean time, I think the truth really is that the sunset tonight is amazing.



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