Versatility of teaching (VOC5)

Today’s AC-session had its emphasis placed on how to add some versatility into teaching. There were few interesting new theories introduced for this session (such as connectivism, MOOCs), and it seems that by harnessing modern technologies teachers can nowadays have totally different approaches to teaching itself as well as planning courses.

On this session, the groups were into three separate AC-rooms, and the topics were such as “how to classify various teaching methods, what teaching methods improve the versatility of teaching, what are the core skills of teaching” etc. For this session it felt, that every group had the opportunity to improvise their teaching methods in order to make it work well with the given topic. Our group had this “method game” -approach, where we did rough classification of teaching methods. Other group had a pre-task to watch video blog posting about bad and good teaching experiences, and to name few personal examples of such experiences. The groups managed well with their respective pre-tasks, although there wasn’t that much time to concentrate on at least one pre-task, as it was posted not that well in advance. Perhaps it was because of that this weeks’ lesson took place on Tuesday, not on Thursday as usual…

The popplet worked great for this session, and also other online tools such as quick poll of teachers’ most important characteristics, and videos which I like. It would be great if I could do those kind of animated videos by myself some day!

For me it seems, that the modern technologies makes many things faster and the improved accessibility of information has changed the nature of learning. It might result in decreased authority of teacher, since the students may have more up-to-date information of a certain subject matter than teacher, if the lecture material is somewhat outdated. This might happen in rapidly progressing field of study e.g. wireless technologies, or information security.

In regard of one task given to us during the session of “how would you teach different species of fish for two totally different groups” I feel that this “traditional” way might work best, such as photos showing the differences of the species, or even a video documentary if available.

Until next time

-Matti

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