What do instructors need to know about teaching with technology?

Tony Bates, Weblog, Apr 04, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What I like about this is the clear understanding that you need to know about more than just technology in order to teach with technology. Among other things, argues Tony Bates, you need to know epistemology - "understanding different kinds of knowledge, for instance the difference between objectivism and the social construction of knowledge" - biology - "a basic introduction to how the brain works, particularly regarding memory, cognition, and emotions" - and the design of teaching - "applying theory to practice: this would include needs assessments related to learner differences, an introduction to instructional design, defining learning outcomes and objectives".
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