#OcTEL Big question – What could learning be if we embrace technology?

I am doing the #OcTEL mooc and the first task is to think about what our big question is that we might answer by doing the mooc.  This year mine is “What could learning be if we embrace technology?”

When I did the first version of #OcTEL, I asked a question about changing cultures to get staff to use TEL.  Although I hadn’t answered the question by the end of the course (its the kind of question you can spend a lifetime answering) I have been giving it a lot of thought since  and I think I have enough to be working on for now.

So in this version I am going to be looking at what happens to teaching and learning when you use tech creatively.  This blog post by Mark Johnstone started me thinking, technology has totally changed how he teaches, so then I asked my PLN and it has changed teaching for them as well.  One nice comment was about how by trying to replicate online what we already do in the classroom, we can miss out on the potentials that technology might provide.

So technology has changed and shaped the world, it will change and shape the lecture/classroom as well even if we fight against it (in the past the most knowledgeable thing in the room was the teacher, now its your phone/laptop/tablet).  So what happens when we stop thinking in terms of control and start thinking of facilitating communities of learning?  What if we embrace the reach and sharing potentials of technology and use it to fan the flames of our students thinking?  What if we give our students the tools, support and peers to enable them to have brighter thoughts than any generation before?

Glühwendel brennt durch

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3 thoughts on “#OcTEL Big question – What could learning be if we embrace technology?

  1. Tracey Madden

    A very thought-provoking post. I love that you talk about ‘embracing’ technology; yes,we can use it to replicate but that’s not acknowledging that it can do more than just mimic something else. And as someone who also wants students (and staff!) to think about more than the content in a course, this could enable that to happen if we really want it.
    My questions: Are staff/institutions ready to give up control? Are students ready to take it up?

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    1. josephgliddon Post author

      Thanks Tracey
      Giving up control is difficult for staff – its much easier to deliver what you planned (because you know it all) than let the learning roam around the subject
      Taking control is difficult for students – if you just have to cover particular information you know when you have done it, if you are building your own learning you are never “done”

      However I think that education like running is doing you the most good when it is difficult.
      Are we ready? I dont know. Maybe part of our jobs as learning technologists is helping people to be ready

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