What I have learnt
In relation to digital learning technology, I have learnt that teaching something is not all about just giving people the content they need to learn. It’s about providing students which the knowledge and means for them to find the content themselves. This allows students to be more independent and learn the way that they want to learn. Another point is that not everybody learns or retains knowledge the same way. Some people are visual learners and other are kinetic learners (that is, they learn by doing things rather then watching or listening). This has drastically changed the way the classrooms are run over the past decade or so.
The information or content that is given to student must be presented in an non-bias manner so that everyone has equal opportunities to learn.
Ubiquitous teaching and learning has become a major part of todays education. The ability to learn anything from anywhere at anytime, means that students have huge academic advantages over earlier decades. Now in saying that, this can also be a huge pitfall for some types of learners. Some learners will still need some direction to keep them on track. It is also a lot easier to veer off on a tangent when teaching yourself, believe me, I know.
Inline with digital technologies, the ability to use technology to broaden the spectrum of people that can view or attend your classes is immense. The use of streaming technologies can mean that traditional class sizes are no longer an issue and you can teach as many people as you want, or as many student that want to attend, it’s all boundless.
Things I liked about this course
This course has given me a broader view on education. I like how it has opened my eyes to all of the tools I can use to boost my knowledge in specific areas and learn more efficiently. I also like how the tutor of this course, Michael Veerhart, has pushed the boundaries of technology to really demonstrate to the students how well, or not well, some technologies can work. An example of this is his use of adobe connect. Every class Michael streamed his class using the abode connect technology. This allowed people who weren’t able to make it to class physically, attend online. Some times this would work great and everything would go smooth. Other times, not so much. This is true testament to Michael’s abilities to teach this course.
Things that could be improved in the course
Faster computers in the classrooms would definitely improve the quality of the course. Sometimes it would take up to 20 minutes for the computer to boot up and be fully functional for Michael’s needs, it is a little bit embarrassing for EIT.
The use of the wiki educator is a good idea I think it’s just implemented wrong, if you could somehow embed the wiki pages into the eitonline course, that would be good. Then all of the information is in one place and it would be easier for someone to find the information that they need.