I spent my 7th of February hanging out with my brothers in arms in the weblecture scene. The day started with Werner Degger giving a general overview of the state of weblectures at the University of Amsterdam. He stated that the main reasons for using weblectures are to make studying easier and to raise the image of the university. Weblecture policy focuses on three workmodes: “Do it yourself”, “Do it together” and “we do it for you”. For each of these approaches to facilitating weblectures, the university aims to have the necessary infrastructure to support the staff and the teachers.
“I’m an immigrant to this world, where our kids are natives”, says a high school teacher in the Frontline documentary Digital Nation, made by PBS (Public Broadcasting Station). In this documentary, Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff explore the impact of digital media on education and on how kids learn. They address a challenge that many teachers might recognize: how do you teach and keep the attention of children who are used to constant stimuli, from dozens of sources? Since this is a very recent issue, not much research has been done on this topic. Continue reading
Before starting this post, I’d like to wish you an innovative 2011!
ICTs offer exciting ways to bring the outside world into your classroom. Today, I will briefly discuss the opportunities of video conferencing. Our Educational Technology team has worked with various lecturers in the use of this technology, but many more could benefit from it.
There’s something about this model which captured my attention. It divides the uses of educational technology into three phases and the division resonated with my experience. In this model, Phase one and two takes technology and infuses it into traditional lessons. Phase three is quite a bit different, more advanced, and requires a paradigm shift.
When I applied for this job, I remember being asked what my perspective was on using video in education, i.e. web lectures.
Do you recognize this situation: you’re talking, answering a question, words are coming out of your mouth, and the sound they make seems reasonable and the people across the table seem to think they are reasonable, but afterwards you have no idea what you said. I had honestly never considered the matter before (shh, let’s keep this hush hush).
Since then I have had a lot more time to think about the matter and hear the different positions people are taking. What about you, web lectures, are you a Yay sayer or Nay sayer? Some arguments in a nutshell: