Thursday, October 4, 2012

The 3 "C"s of e-Learning Pedagogy

Teachers and Pedagogy go (or should go), hand in hand. I know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of teachers on twitter and the blogosphere who expertly use ICT as part of their pedagogy, allowing students deeper and wider understanding than what would ever have been achievable without technology. Those are the teachers we should be talking to about implementing ICT in our schools because they understand that ICT should not substitute traditional methods of teaching, it should be integrated in teaching in such a way that student learning is improved. We should be teaching our students to be innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial.

As a self proclaimed learning junkie, a university e-learning paper I recently completed took me through some of the factors that influence e-learning in education. The emphasis, across the board seems to be that the lack of ICT uptake in schools is largely based on a need to shift the pedagogy. I bet the teachers on twitter would have guessed that anyway  ICT integration is not students who do research using their smart device. ICT integration is where students do the research, share it, analyse it, critique it, collaborate in critiquing, and then produce a new product using the research. If you want a classroom where students critique, collaborate and create, a shift to the student centred classroom is necessary.

The question then becomes, how do we support our colleagues to make a shift towards the collaborative, critiquing  creating classroom?