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The COVID-19 Online Pivot: The Student Perspective

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 10:00pm in



In his previous post, Martin Weller reflected on the challenges facing university staff facing an indefinite period of distance learning. In this post, he suggests that consideration should be given to students as well as academic staff, who will be deprived of much of the infrastructure and support that face to face teaching supplies, often without … Continued

The COVID-19 online pivot: Adapting university teaching to social distancing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:35pm in

As universities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by closing campuses and shifting to online forms of distance learning, many institutions and educators are scrambling to develop online engagement plans. In this repost, Martin Weller (Professor of Education Technology at the Open University) brings together a number of useful for resources for anyone looking to develop online learning … Continued

Thanks, Social Sciences!

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 20/01/2019 - 3:22pm in

Facepalm of the week:

Educators must prepare students to be the multiliterate individuals that they will need to be successful in their futures. Schools are ultimately responsible for preparing students to be critical users of available technologies (Damarin, 2000; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004), problem solvers, and good communicators in networked civic spaces (Mishra & Kereluik, 2011; Binkley et al., 2012). 

To do this, educators must first explore the spaces provided by collaborative technologies for participants to engage in meaning-making in order to release the harnessed potential of said technologies.

Get it? Educators must release the harnessed potential of technologies, in order to harness students to the multiple literacies which will steer them to success.

Heaven forbid we were to get it muddled and release the potential of students, letting them steer the technologies according to the students' own definitions of success.