The Dance of Technology and Pedagogy in Self-Paced Distance Education

I really like this post. Not just for the clarity of the layout but also for the clarity of the thinking.

iThink, iTeach, iTeens

Philip shared an article this week “The Dance of Technology and Pedagogy in Self-Paced Distance Education” by Terry Anderson – his blog can be followed via this link.

The key elements can be seen below:

  • The technology sets the beat and the timing. The pedagogy defines the moves.
  • Siemens (2005) describes the following characteristics of connectivism:
    • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions
      • This diversity and abundance of resources in multiple formats is excellent for our learners as we can cater for their preferred learning style and also interests. While on one hand this diversity in options makes a teachers role easier, it can also make it much more difficult as the decision making required to scaffold the ‘cull’ of resources for the students.
    • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources
    • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently…

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