This is an archive of the 2013 version of ocTEL.

ocTEL week 0: big questions

Activity 0.1 asks us:  what is the most important question about TEL for you?

Mine is: how can we get rid of the ‘T’ in ‘TEL’?

The question could be re-phrased as: how can technology become transparent, invisible and normalised? Something is normalised when it has become part of the norm, when you no longer notice it. If we are talking about enhancing learning, do we really need the technology in front of it? Do we ever talk about BEL (book-enhanced learning) or PEL (pencil-enhanced learning, or even paper-enhanced learning)?

What’s so different about TEL, then? Just as a reminder: books, pencils and paper are all technologies – arguably with bigger and more dramatic impact on learning than many of the modern tools that TEL usually refers to.

5 April 2013

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