New technologies come and go, energising those of us who are ‘early adopters’ of such technologies, while leaving those who are less enthusiastic about the latest gadget in its wake. These are people who are not ‘anti’ technology, or have what we used to call “barriers” to their technology use, but people who use technology for reasons other than being on top of the latest technology ‘fad’. My recent study involving two secondary schools in Australia found such people across the school community: teachers, parents, and even students. Not enamoured with technology, they used technology for efficiency and practical needs (typing up assignments for example), and were seldom using or exploring new technologies to explore new ways of teaching and learning. This chat will explore some of the ways people in higher education – lecturers and students – get ‘stuck’ with a limited range of technologies; new pedagogies and old technologies; and ways we can entice them into further technological and pedagogical exploration.
This week’s LTHEChat is lead by Dr Jacquie Tinkler. Jacquie is a Lecturer in educational technology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Her recent work explores the ways in which the various members of school communities feel about, and experience, the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning in their schools. Her work in higher education and educational technology involves the exploration of new technologies for teaching and learning, particularly in the online environment.
The link to the Wakelet is here: http://wke.lt/w/s/M3hSQ