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Week 7: Making a change in your teaching

Introduction

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Figure 1 Planning and understanding changes connected with online learning

We hope that this course might make you think of ideas for changes in your work practices. Or perhaps you are taking this course because you are already experiencing change! This week focuses on some concepts that can help you to plan or understand changes connected with online learning. You need to consider the needs of your learners with respect to their approach to technology, and how the technology and pedagogy interrelate. Understanding debates around how people use digital technology and the effects it has on them should help you to think about how you can effectively combine technology and pedagogy. We then focus on designing new or revised learning activities, and identify some tips to use when trying to make a change.

Teacher reflections

This week we hear from Sarah S. about how she made a change in her teaching:

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain the concept of technological determinism
  • use the Visitors and Residents model to assess your students’ approach to technology in learning
  • make changes to teaching with technologies in a systematic and informed way.

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