Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and U.S. National Professor of the year Michael Wesch continues to impress educators and lay-people alike worldwide. On Jan. 7 his article “From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments” was published in the Academic Commons Magazine, and on Jan. 12 an article about his background and teaching methods was published in the Christian Science Monitor.
After first making a name for himself on the international stage with his hit YouTube videos, Wesch is pushing forward by sharing his teaching methods with the masses. In “From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able,” he argues that new media environments force us to rethink the classroom because information acquisition can no longer be the prime motive in our lecture halls. Instead, he suggests that students need to be able to “find, sort, analyze, share, discuss, critique, and create information.” In essence, as the title implies, the shift is from becoming “knowledgable” to becoming “knowledge-able”.