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Activity 21: The chicken and egg conundrum – technology and pedagogy inter-relate

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Edited by Amanda Harrington-Vail, Thursday, 24 Apr 2014, 14:27

 

As an OU Tutor I use combined technology and pedagogic theory and practice on a daily basis, it is vital that these two work alongside as one cannot manage without the other. Pedagogy is the primary factor and technology is the medium. In Tutor Forums some other tutors have said that although eTMA's have benefits they are concerned about them "getting lost in cyberspace" or other technology malfunctions. Additionally face-to-face tutorials are generally preferred to online tutorials and in particular ones using e.g. OU Live (Blackboard Collaborate formerly known as Elluminate) rather than tutor group forum asynchronous discussion. Technology is often spoken about as a tool (with some convenience yet quite a lot of concern) that enables the pedagogy, whilst also hampering communication tools due to 'fear' by users (tutors and students). This was part of the reason I decided to undertake the MAODE because educational technology is I believe the future of online learning particularly with the OU as a leader in this field. It indicates the tension between pedagogy and technology that the article highlighted. Technophobia is a strong and emotive term however it exists and can be quite anxiety-ridden especially for students with mental health conditions such as social phobia, affecting their online participation impacting on their learning. Whereas other students engage in mlearning such as OU Anywhere app, voice recording our face-to-face tutorials and using their smartphone to research, read and/or write in tutor group forums. Some tutors do this too although in my experience it is student-led, which is unfortunate because tutors could (should?) be a positive role model in enabling students to find various ways to connect with their learning.

 

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