The, Educational Ladder, And The Motion Of Coursera Essay

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Admonishment of Coursera
Although a Burkean pedagogy does begin with appreciative reading, Burke also demanded a process of admonishment be used to examine the negative spaces created by equations (LAPE $%#). With this move, Burke hoped that students would not take the explicit motives of a text at face value, instead contrasting them with the underlying motives to determine the larger force of the text. With its strong valorization of technology and goal of mastery, it is likely Burke would have suspicious of Coursera. Using Burkean concepts, I first examine how the educational ladder helps to identify Coursera’s education as a pedagogy of motion and next evaluate how Coursera’s user of a principle of personality reifies a psychology of information.
Burke’s “educational ladder” and the motion of Coursera
Certainly, Coursera makes a strong case for its innovative methods leading to mastery. However, innovation alone does not make a good education. Therefore, I now turn to Burke’s educational ladder to evaluate if Coursera is able produce students who are able to master information in the ways that are most beneficial to democratic society. As the first words to orient students to Coursera’s program, as well as the texts’ status as representative of the larger goals of the company, the site’s slogan is an apt place to begin to deconstruct the ratios that will help place Coursera on the ladder. In the slogan, “take the world’s best courses, online, free” the act (take…

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