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Digital Pedagogy

When done badly, online education (in all the formats and versions) can be really bad. Long lectures, no interaction, learners barely present physically or mentally and soon dropping out from the courses completely.
When done right, online education can be on par with face to face class formats and, to the surprise of many, exceed the face to face class format.

Lesson goals and objectives

This module will:

  • Help you look at the concepts from pedagogy to make your courses better for your learners and for you!
  • Provide you links to quality resources to start or deepen your digital pedagogy journey.

“A digital pedagogy is the study of how to teach using digital technologies.” Teaching with ICTDigital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity, OUP 2012

While teaching using simple blackboards or similar technology is centuries old, the current technologies provide opportunity to do much more than before, improve our productivity, reach our students better.

Examples

  • In fall 2020 the regular project management course at a technical university had to change to a hybrid model (and soon into fully online), as at first some students would not be allowed to travel to the university and later all in-person classes were cancelled. Instead of lecturing myself I used content from MOOC provider Coursera, as project management is fairly popular discipline covered in multiple courses (MOOCs). Students simply completed the courses in their time, using subtitles, slower or faster video speed. With students in 13 time zones this allowed us to do higher-value work together.
  • In the same course, the lesson slots freed by the Coursera content could be dedicated to interactive sessions (using serious games, for example), coaching individual student teams. This allowed me as instructor to give more personalized attention to individual student teams.

  • Is there existing content that you can reuse?
  • Can you build your course around existing modules or content and dedicate your effort to higher value add activities (compared to lectures or similar formats)?
  • What does the technology available allow you to do better than without?

Resources