I LOVED this article!! I posted it on our PIDP 3240 discussion forum and it generated a lot of commentary. Peers were intrigued, interested and totally engaged in discussing this article. In the article, the author states that instructors who were involved in the Virtual College at his school were actually not interested in technology at all….they wanted to learn ways they could increase social interaction. Likewise, students wanted instructor contact. Although we get very excited about new technology and great new tools, we still need to maintain the human connection. The author sums it up well: “A blend of teaching practices, technology, and basic human contact just might be the recipe needed” (Buemi, 2015).
I tend to agree very much so with Buemi. Although I like the options that technology gives us, I still like the human connection, between students and instructor. Linking back to the hybrid course delivery model, this is a great way to achieve exactly the perfect recipe that Buemi describes. Does anyone else see the risk of technology interfering with human connection in the classroom?
“Our excitement over the latest technology has started focusing on the wrong thing. It ought to reside in the praxis of teaching, not the tool.”