What does it entail to be a good educational technologist?

An educational technologist is one who engages actively in researching, analysing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating processes and tools to support and enhance learning with the use of  technologies (Seels & Richy, 1994).  Educational technologists are also sometimes referred to as learning technologists. Came across this wonderful post titled “On being a Learning Technologist” by … Continue reading What does it entail to be a good educational technologist?

Collaborate, we did!

Davidson et. al (2014) studied the small-group learning approaches, namely the cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and team-based learning. They highlighted key differences and similarities between these various approaches. I was more interested in the difference/similarity between cooperative and collaborative learning. In cooperative learning, small-group of students work, learn and support each other for achieving a common … Continue reading Collaborate, we did!

What is education for? Biesta (2015): Summary & Reflections

During a recent lunch conversation with colleagues we had an interesting discussion on an article that questions what is education for (Biesta, 2015).  This topic intrigued me, and that night when I got back I read the article. It lets you take a step back and brings you back to the basics that needs attention. … Continue reading What is education for? Biesta (2015): Summary & Reflections

Learning in Communities: Why is it important to me?

Learning in communities – why is this important to me? Recently when I started on a course on open networked learning (ONL course), what drew me to this was the concept of learning in communities. In particular, the topic on "learning in communities – networked and collaborative learning" has been of special interest to me. Learning … Continue reading Learning in Communities: Why is it important to me?

Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 2)

This is the second in a two-part series, where this second post will look at what can students do to be a successful online learner. The first post looked at what strategies an instructor can use to increase student engagement in online courses. Listed below are some strategies that an online learner should keep in … Continue reading Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 2)