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Engaging Students with Engaging Tools

Ed Webb provides a clear summary of how he re-created his conceptual and technological approach to teaching a course at Dickinson College: Engaging Students with Engaging Tools: “This kind of pedagogical approach demands time, enthusiasm, and enough self-confidence to make mistakes in front of students and model that as part of the learning process….The process of playing, experimenting, breaking, stretching, adapting, adopting, or rejecting — that is something students should be equipped for.”
What I find most interesting is the tone of discussions like this – optimism about teaching and learning (even though he acknowledges not all students enjoyed the process). I too have found experimentation and play in learning design and delivery are motivating and satisfying. The challenge, of course, is for educators to remember the student in the process :) .

2 Comments

  1. Piotr wrote:

    Nice port, thank you for sharing.
    We have created e-book : How to use Social Software in Education (available in EN and PL)
    http://elearning-20.blogspot.com/2009/12/ebook-oprogramowanie-spoecznosciowe-w.html
    and here EN : http://blog.cel.agh.edu.pl/?p=163

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Julia Hengstler wrote:

    Hi, Piotr.
    Do you have an English version of this as well?
    Julia

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Permalink