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Addressing problems of faculty resistance

James Morrison tackles the topic encouraging faculty to expand their range of instructional strategies and increase utilization of technology in the process. A great discussion follows the original post. Obviously, you don’t need technology to be a provide a great learning experience. Creative, engaging, and participatory learning is an educational mindset, not something that requires blogs, wikis, Second Life, and podcasts. What technology does, however, is expand the range of options for interaction. Classroom walls give way to global connections. Single educator models are replaced with distributed networks. A bit utopian? Perhaps. But, once control shifts to a network of learners, the prospect arises for the creativity that exists in open source software and with application developers (i.e. iPhone, Facebook) can be applied to education.

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  1. George, well said. That makes lots of senses. Technology is perhaps just one part of the equation. It’s the human that makes education lively, adaptive, and responsive and relevant to human’s needs. The sensemaking in action, and real education through conversation and the understanding that emerged from action learning, interaction. George, would that be the utopian? Distributed networks are ubiquitous. How would organisations view social media and social networking? Your previous post well illustrates the point from organisation’s views – guides on the side and/or sage on the stage? Every word said counts…..

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