I was totally surprised by this post on A Tech Happy Professor Reboots. I think it has sent a very mixed message to the world. On one hand, it mentioned about the importance of establishing a relationship between professor and students in classroom teaching, with the professor as a salesman, to convince the students the importance of the message. To me, it also suggested the use of reverse gears, to go back to “teach”, at least that is how I interpreted from the post. I am not sure if that is sending a confusing message to educators and students, that low technology is good, and high and emerging technology (blogs, videos production etc.) is not that good for them to learn. I think educators should think about the pedagogy based on the learners’ interests, background, and skills and knowledge, and to avoid having a pendulum approach towards teaching which would lead to a misunderstanding of teaching – as a response to learning, and not for the educators just to teach, because that is required in order to cover all the teaching materials required in the syllabus.
I hope more educators would share their views and reflect on what might be important – learners and learning first? pedagogy first? Or teaching first?
This seems to me as the biggest pendulum swing ever sensed in the past few years – back to lecture, or chalk and talk. Why not? That is the easiest way to teach, as an expert. Isn’t it true?