Why Isn't It About the Pedagogy?

Doug Peterson, doug - off the record, Jan 10, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My answer to the question "Why isn't it about the pedagogy?" is something along the lines of, "because it's about the learning, not the teaching." It's sometimes frustrating that I don't see educators getting that - though on reflection I suppose that educators will necessarily be the last to get that. But I do wish the people who repeat the mantra, "it's all about the teaching," "it's all about the pedagogy," and the like, would take a wider view (here's another one). I won't go so far as to say that the technology makes the pedagogy unnecessary, but I will say, if you're using the same pedagogy with a stick and sand as you are using with a high-speed computer network, you really don't understand teaching and learning.
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