Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in complicated conversations on a subject and forget how simple it really can be. Academia is full of such occasions (meetings that could have been emails, anyone?), and online learning is merely the latest example. In contemplating online learning it doesn’t take much to get into the deep weeds with specific technology policies and intricate questions of implementation. How do we put things online? What platform do we use? What forms do we sign? What committees to do we put on high alert? Do we need more servers? Can we use mobile technology? Can we OH GOD WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS AND NOW I GAZE INTO THE VOID.  Continue reading “Getting to the Heart of the Matter”

Doing Things Differently, or Doing Different Things?

The new tools of teaching are going to revolutionize the role of the professor in the classroom. Gone are the days in which the teacher occupies center stage–this new technology replaces traditional classroom instruction. Soon, students will learn via the screen, and our role as faculty will be rendered obsolete. Technology changes everything, but is change always good?

This was the conversation when televisions and VCRs became prevalent in classrooms.

You look surprised.

Did you think I was talking about something else? Continue reading “Doing Things Differently, or Doing Different Things?”