Disruptive Education and Desire Lines
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
The inspirational Learning without Frontiers Conference had many speakers sharing their vision of the future. Fundamental to this was new technologies tearing down the barriers to success with mobile devices and cloud computing.
During a debate on whether the VLE was dead ( although this title assumes that it was once had a life). Steve Wheeler made the point that the VLE is not something that the students would choose to use themselves and this struck a chord regarding Desire Lines.
Desire lines are those paths that emerge from paved areas and roads that are trod by those who don’t agree with the prescribed direction. One person on their own cannot make the path , it is the others that follow this lead.
A paper by Carl Myhill explains this
“Desire lines are an ultimate expression of human desire or natural purpose. An optimal way to design pathways in accordance with natural human behaviour, is to not design them at all. Simply plant grass seed and let the erosion inform you about where the paths needs to be.”