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The sky is not falling.

I’ve come across this great blog post and video on historical claims of ‘This will revolutionize education’, which is often associated with claims that the role of the teacher will become redundant.   This is something that I have come across often in the roll out of a few new technologies  in my time at Macquarie.   Teaching staff can often question their place in the fast changing pace of educational technologies.

It’s fair to say that people can often feel fear or threatened by new technologies, especially when they feel it is not one of their fortes.  While this may be an automatic reaction, if we break down our fears by small pieces, we realise that they are just that, a fear and we can tackle our fears.  We are fortunate at Macquarie to have strong support for teaching staff in the use and implementation of educational technologies.  From numerous training/workshop opportunities, one to one consultations with Educational Designers, Educational Developers and Academic Developers, to LTC-Faculty Partnership Projects, Showcases, iLearn Exchange and Learning and Teaching Week, these opportunities help us to explore, learn from others and be supported from floating ideas to implementing new strategies in our learning and teaching.

If you don’t get a chance to read the blog post mentioned above, it is well worthwhile to take the  7 minutes and 22 seconds to watch the video below.  What we can take away is what is most valuable in our role as educators and how to bring this to the fore in our teaching, either online, blended or face-to-face.  Everyone remembers one particular teacher who had a profound and possibly life-long affect on them.  For me, it was two  lecturers when I was studying at the National Art School, artist Jim Croke and now Head of Art History and Theory, Michael Hill.  Long live the teacher!



4 thoughts on “The sky is not falling.”

  1. Brilliant. Thanks Rebecca – Definitely being including the video in my lectures on the history of education.

    1. Thanks Ian (Beth and Mitch),
      I hadn’t come across the Private Universe Project before. It confirms what I felt frustrated with while teaching high school, the push to get through copious amounts of content to meet the syllabus requirements. I often felt sorry for the students because you could see that they were focused on and somewhat pushed to remember/recall but not given the opportunity for deeper level understanding and connecting ideas. While I recognise why we have summative assessment, I am biased toward formative assessment and the transformative effects this can have on a student’s sense of purpose in study and sets up for lifelong learning.

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