Monday, 11 May 2009

Learning and teaching is about humans first, technology second

I see a lot of discussions in an educational context about how best to design and develop systems to help people learn. My view is that any discussion on learning and teaching should, I feel, focus on the concepts of learning and teaching, students and teachers, learners and educators. These are human things, not technological.

The emphasis should always be that learning and teaching are entirely human processes and abilities in the realm of education. The technology we use today will probably be irrelevant tomorrow because it's evolving so fast, but the process and rules of learning and teaching will still be the same in years to come because humans aren't evolving so fast.

It's only our knowledge of how to maximise learning and teaching that's changing and we can make best use of this new knowledge even without the latest technology. You only have to see the hole in the wall experiments to believe this.
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