I walked into my EDC3100 tutorial today, ready to discuss and learn. I was keen to talk about my assignment, and get some ideas and opinions from Dave, and my fellow students. But what I found was quite perplexing….
There were only 5 people…. including Dave.
I don’t understand… I mean I consider myself an introvert, and on some days I really struggle to get out of bed, but as soon as I am in a tutorial and we have some good discussion going on, I forget all about my soft pillow, and my warm blankets.
Because that’s what tutorials are all about… they are about invigorating and critical discussion. They are the opportunity to ask questions, and help each other. So you can understand my disappointment when people decide to just stay home and stay online. As future teachers, I can’t understand why we don’t all make efforts to engage… I mean I know that’s my biggest fear… standing in front of a classroom, after having asked a question, and having no engagement. There’s no worse feeling – feeling like you’ve not taught them enough – like they don’t like you – like they don’t care about your lesson.
Now, I understand that ICT has a very good place in education, and this blog post by a fellow EDC3100 student outlines some extremely effective reasons for using ICT in education. And I too believe it is an important aspect in education, but I also believe that in some ways, it can be a bit of a cop-out. People will google an opinion, and that will become their own opinion. They research, but they don’t analyse the research, they just parrot it.
So I’m just left wondering, are some forms of ICT (e.g. recorded tutorials) ruining critical engagement during the learning process?