Blogpost3:Digital Culture

Blogpost3:Digital Culture

Digital culture

 

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This blog talks about my understanding of digital culture and its impacts on learning and teaching.

My understanding of digital culture:

Before taking this class (Technology Enhanced Learning) my understanding of digital culture was all about communication, fun, business and learning throughout any kind of technology such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

Now, my understanding of digital culture has got wider.

To clarify what I mean I have created a little table and I have developed it as I planned during my technology enhanced learning sessions:

My understanding of digital culture Before Now
Communications Family, friends Family, friends, peers, teachers and social
Fun Video games, music and movies I can have fun while I learn. e.g. following academic people in twitter
Learning All social cognitive theory social cognitive theory and social learning (contribution)
Teaching Courses throgh courses and through social media
Businesses Shops, jobs and ads Shops, jobs ,ads teaching and learning

 

It is clear that social, peers, contribution, communications, engagements, participation creation and sharing are my main new and developed understanding of digital culture. My awareness of social learning and information sharing is increasing during classes. Also, it is giving me the engagements I needed to explore more about digital culture and how I can apply what I have learnt in my learning and my future job.

The impacts of digital culture on teaching and learning:

I believe there are many impacts of digital culture on teaching and learning. However. I haven’t recognized them clearly yet. Also, I believe those impacts could be addressed somehow if they appear as clear issues to me.

For now, these are the impacts that I have explored and developed throughout TEL courses:

On learning:

This generation is growing up with digital surroundings, which have shaped the students expectation to have little response time (Gaston, 2006). Also, during the class, the delivery of information by their teachers are very slow for them, which is hard for them to be passive receptors (Gaston, 2006). they need a faster delivery of information and enough time to think and response.

Personally. I believe if the learner is exposed to how to learn throughout technology by themselves , it will be a good technology impact on their learning because it will give them an opportunity to learn whatever they want with ease and fast way

On teaching:

Online courses have made a gap between teachers and students (Toledo, 2007). This gap could appear especially when the teaching styles are not fit for online learning  (Toledo, 2007). however, technology has made teaching and delivering the information much easier than before. for example, one of my sessions in Digital Literacies and my lecture @cristinacost was very sick. she sent us emails to have that session in google hangout so we did not miss that session and she delivered it from her home.

In conclusion, it is clear that how my understanding of digital culture have developed after taking this course also my beginning of exploring the impacts of digital culture on learning and teaching is not clear enough to me. I need more exploring and interactions to get a better understanding.

References:

Gaston, J. (2006). Reaching and teaching the digital natives. Library Hi Tech News, 23(3), 12-13.‏

Toledo, C. A. (2007). Digital culture: Immigrants and tourists responding to the natives’ drumbeat. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 19(1), 84-92.‏

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Blogpost 2: Introduction to Technology enhanced learning

Blogpost 2: Introduction to Technology enhanced learning

This blog will start by my reflection about my reading then I am going to present some of my expectations and some of my concerns about the educational technology.

It has been observed that learning by technology has been given a secondary role in the education process (Anderson, T., & Dron, J., 2012). Teachers tend to use technologies as a second tool for learning. From my experience of my learning, I also have watched my teachers using the technology as a supporting tool for their teaching which is good but there was not any technology support for learning.

I believe that the history of educational technology is related to the history of distance education pedagogy. Distance learning has developed throughout three generations (Anderson & Dron, 2012). Starting by correspondence generation. Then, followed by the use of mass media including television, radio and film. Finally, the third generation introduces the use of interactive technologies. All these generations are overlapping each other. There is no clear start or end of them. Also, these technologies tend not to die when other ones appear but new once incorporate the previous ones (Anderson & Dron, 2012). I think that is true, see if we look at telephones after the appearance of mobile phones, we will find that the massive use of mobile phones did not destroy the telephones but it decreased the its use.

Some of My expectations:

From what I have read about e-learning and distance education pedagogy I expect several things such as:

  • The number of online classes using skype, google hangout, etc will increase because it is more flexible and more scalable than face to face.
  • Educational technology will develop social learning since there are many available online websites to support the communication and social interaction even outside of the classroom such as facebook, twitter Youtube and Instagram.
  • Schools will replace textbooks by advanced technologies such as tablets, which will allow them to access to more textbooks and activities. Also, it could solve heavy back bag problems.

Some of My concerns:

The first concern to me is that educators may focus on the tools of technologies more than the materials, which might decrease the value of learning. there are many tools available which could take the teachers’ attention from the focus of the materials.
My second concern is that the quality of resource may get confusing especially for non-experts of technologies learners who use untrusted sources such as Wikipedia. this could set a low standard of the quality of knowledge for the students.
My last concern in this blog, also the most important one to me, is that using these technologies may cause cyber bullying especially in school age. The National Crime Prevention Council has had a survey, which was created by Harris Interactive and concluded that 40% of teenagers are victims of cyber bullying in the United States. However, only 10% of them have asked their parents for help (United Press International (UPI), 2008). this means there is 30% of them are suffering from it.

conclusion:
In this blog, it seems that the technology is increasing rapidly throughout generations. however, these advancements do not destroy the previous technologies. there are some of my expectations and concerns related to technology presented above.

References:

Anderson, T., & Dron, J. (2012). Learning technology through three generations of technology enhanced distance education pedagogy. European journal of open, distance and e-learning, 15(2).‏

United Press International (2008, April 9). Survey: Cyber-bullying affects US teens. Retrieved April 11, 2008, from http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2008/04/09/survey_cyber bullying_affects_us_teens/3823/

Blogpost1: reflection my online world experiance

Blogpost1: reflection my online world experiance

This blog is a reflection on my experience in the online world as a learner links with some relevant literature review, the reason of taking Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) module and my expectations.

My experience of the online world:
To be honest, most of my experience in the online world is limited to the social media, communications or fun. so I can say that I have learned non-academic staff such as Read more