It’s hard to believe I’m in the last week of PIDP 3240 (online)! And that means it’s time to wrap-up the blogging – for now. It’s been a busy, but enjoyable, 8 weeks…lots of great discussions with peers, some cool new web 2.0 tools to try, and of course having the motivation to blog regularly.
When I resurrected this blog for PIDP 3240, my initial post was about teaching naked (eek!). I was confused…why is a course about media-enhanced learning using a book that says get technology out of the classroom??? Working through the course text (entitled ‘Teaching Naked’) and through the online discussion forums, I’d like to share a few things I have discovered about teaching naked.
First truth: There is no need to remove clothing. Ha!
Second truth: Technology in learning is inevitable, and it can be a very good thing. The best, and most common way for students to first be exposed to new material is online. Technology has given us more content and more ways to deliver the content.
Third truth: Face time is too valuable to waste. Our classes need to deliver something more than what students would get if they just stayed home and accessed the online resources. We need to make class time meaningful – something they don’t want to miss. If they can just get all the info online, why bother showing up?
What really hit home for me about Teaching Naked was that students need and crave connections – with their instructor and with their peers. Technology is great, but it is only a means to an end. Students want instructor contact, discussions, opportunities for feedback, engagement, social/professional bonding. And instructors want the same thing.
Teaching is about balance. The perfect mix of technology, teaching practices and human contact…