As a technological “geek”, I enjoyed reading my classmates’ blogs this semester as they discussed various technologies and how they would incorporate them into their own teaching and learning. The ideas of bringing mobile device pedagogy into a classroom and using technology to flip a classroom have really piqued my interest. What I learned from my classmates is that mobile devices can be used in a number of ways from employing smartphones as clickers, to having an entire class using I-pads. As one of my classmates struggled with getting the technology (hardware and software) to work while using I-pads in the classroom, I learned that it takes a community of learners (instructor, IT, and students) to not only support the technology, but also to have patience during the learning process. What I gained from my classmates about flipping the classroom, is that it is not an easy task, and that the process should begin slowly so that all stakeholders have time to adapt to the change in pedagogy. Creating power points and using rich multi-media to engage students requires the instructor to be well versed in pedagogical and technological skills.
Given the fact that everyone in our course is earning a doctoral degree in teaching and learning through an online methodology, I would surmise that we are the epitome of Knowles theory of andragogy. We are self-directed learners that come to the course with a desire to learn and with a myriad of experiences in the teaching field that we enjoy sharing with our fellow colleagues. As evidenced from our blogs and discussion boards, we have gone above and beyond the course requirements for our postings because we like to harvest new ideas that we can bring to our students.
Transformation of Learning for Positive Change
Keeping up with new technological changes in the educational world is not an easy task. Using a blog to collaborate with other instructors who embrace new ways to use technology provides a great forum for an exchange of ideas and exposure to methodologies that could be incorporated into my own teaching and learning. Utilizing mobile technologies to foster engagement in my face-to-face classes is something I will surely incorporate into my teaching practices. My institution has been discussing running a pilot study using tablets—something I may now be interested in pursuing after learning more about it during this class. Using mobile devices along with a variety of other software programs may just provide a nice segue to flipping a class.