Pedagogy First? Whatever.

George Siemens, Connectivism Blog, Mar 17, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am in the main sympathetic with George Siemens when he questions the doctrine that pedagogy ought to guide instructional technology. Though it may be for different reasons, as I am less comfortable with his suggestion that context' is "the starting point of planning to teach with technology." He asks, "How should we select technology?" And answers, "In my eyes, selection should be based on the funds available. The experience of the educator. The technology learners can already access. The intended outcomes of the program. And so on." My own take is that technology choice should depend on what we want to do, and that pedagogy - even in a learning context - is not what we ought to be doing.
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