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So, as I reflect on how education is
evolving, it’s harder to find fault in the processes we have tried along the
way. I have become a little oppressed and jaded with technology enhanced
education because of the parameters (and problems) that exist in certain
institution-provided technology. It often feels like a maze where you are on the right path, and then something happens, and you have to retrace and find another way, or make a decision without seeing the end of the path. And just like a maze, you're "trapped" until you find the end, but you have a deadline (in my case of 14 weeks) to make it through all of those pathways and roadblocks and to safely come out the other side with as many learners as possible alongside you.
My current practice (the one I am HOPING to
leave behind) is a mix of e-learning and traditional f2f education. I have been
trying to find the balance between these two, but I feel as though the
technology problems we experience derail what used to be sound pedagogy.
My new practice, the one I am trying to
build and adopt is more of a shift to open practice, open tools, and open
learning. My desire for my students and I is to be less tied to our classroom
and our class hours (though we do need to maintain boundaries) and create opportunities for
writing that are relevant, meaningful, and demonstrative of true skill levels.
As always, learner centered pedagogy is the goal and I believe it will still be
about finding balance. I have already
begun to generate some new approaches to old outcomes and content and am eager
to start implementing those new pieces.