Forum Replies Created

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #4197

    David Jennings
    Keymaster

    Hello Grant, I hear, and respect, your anxiety about “where all this is heading” and whether we’re in danger of getting swept along with it. I hope ocTEL will help you make sense of it – but it will only help you make sense of it; it won’t make sense of it for you.

    It’s natural and OK to feel a little bit bewildered in the first few days. That’s what Week 0 is for – to help you find your feet. Please keep in mind the guidance in the handbook about being selective. You do not have to keep up with everything. In fact you would be silly to try.

    Could you say more about the questions and issues that really matter to you? And what might it look like if this course could help you address them? If you can develop a picture of the help you’re hoping to get from the course, then you will have a clear direction you can pursue – and you can afford to be ruthless about ignoring the stuff that doesn’t help you.

  • #4195

    David Jennings
    Keymaster

    Hello Grant, I hear, and respect, your anxiety about “where all this is heading” and whether we’re in danger of getting swept along with it. I hope ocTEL will help you make sense of it – but it will only help you make sense of it; it won’t make sense of it for you.

    It’s natural and OK to feel a little bit bewildered in the first few days. That’s what Week 0 is for – to help you find your feet. Please keep in mind the guidance in the handbook about being selective. You do not have to keep up with everything. In fact you would be silly to try.

    Could you say more about the questions and issues that really matter to you? And what might it look like if this course could help you address them? If you can develop a picture of the help you’re hoping to get from the course, then you will have a clear direction you can pursue – and you can afford to be ruthless about ignoring the stuff that doesn’t help you.

  • #2628

    David Jennings
    Keymaster

    @paulsmry my take on the terminology question is that e-learning, Technology Enhanced Learning and Learning Technology are not just synonyms for the same thing that go in and out of fashion

    • e-learning, in my book, refers specifically to online learning, whereas
    • Technology Enhanced Learning is a much broader term and could include technologies that are used in the classroom like clickers and digital whiteboards etc. TEL also refers to the whole theory and practice of using technology in teaching and learning, whereas
    • Learning Technology refers just to the technology

    That is not an authoritative or definitive set of definitions, but it’s the way I use the terms — and I think something similar is behind the naming of this course in relation to TEL, because it’s that broader scope (technology and pedagogy, online and other settings) that we aim to cover.

    @s-vasant good to ‘meet’ you, and thanks very much for your kind support

  • #2616

    David Jennings
    Keymaster

    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to the course! Those are very articulate and well-informed questions for someone without anything to do with education… Which ones mean most to you personally, and might have a bearing on your move towards education?

    cheers, David

  • #1832

    David Jennings
    Keymaster

    Hi John (it is John, isn’t it?!),

    I think you’ve put your finger on a key issue in terms of the benefit that is implied with ‘enhancement’ – it’s got to be more than just go-faster-stripes and the current ‘fashion’ in educational establishment. In the final week of the course we spend some time trying to unpick what enhancement really means — of course, it’s different things in different contexts — and how to evaluate whether you achieve it.

    Can I ask, for you personally and your involvement in teaching and learning, what are the enhancements that would be most meaningful for you? A deeper learning experience? More widely accessible? Faster or cheaper?

    BTW Thanks for the SAMR link. You can’t yet see all the materials for the course (we’re giving ourselves scope to adapt some of the later weeks in the light of experience), but at the moment that’s not featured.

    all the best, David

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)