A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

Institute for Performance, Feb 05, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an updated version (first posted here last year) of one of Contact North's most popular articles. It describes a 'new pedagogy' that is emerging as a result of internet-enabled education. It mostly resembles connectivism, but without the theoretical underpinnings, and with elements of traditional learning, such as blended learning and collaboration. Major elements include:

  • A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible.
  • An increased sharing of power between the professor and the learner.
  • On the student side, this can mean an emphasis on learners supporting each other through new social media, peer assessment, discussion groups, even online study groups but with guidance, support and feedback from content experts.
  • An increased use of technology not only to deliver teaching, but also to support and assist students and to provide new forms of student assessment.
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