Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Like Tim Fawns, I have heard a lot of people say that pedagogy should drive technology. And like him, I agree that "One cannot first choose a pedagogy and then a technology." The two go together; each informs the other. And as Fawns observes, the iussue "is not so much to do with people first choosing a technology and then thinking about what to do with it," but rather, choosing a method (e.g. lecture, tutorial, simulation, essay, exam) before "thinking enough about the purpose of their teaching." As a result, "we may reinforce teaching practices that are unsuitable in online contexts." Like, say, four hours of Zoom lectures in an afternoon. That's why "context and purpose should be the primary considerations when thinking about how technology is used in your teaching." Via Aaron Davis.

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