Innovation, Web 2.0 tools, and Student Learning

INNOVATION or a new way of doing something- that is according to Wikipedia. Apparently innovation is more related to business than education. Well, I am not a business person at all. I have no “business sense” . I leave business to my husband! However, I am here, trying to justify this website and make it something, different—innovative! Web 2.0 tools are being developed in “Beta” mode every day. I do not get this Beta thing, but beta it is. I wonder if we will see an “alpha” mode ever?

Well, I want to talk about innovation and learning.

Watch this very interesting video- it is short but makes a great point!

If you are skeptical: Here is  a part of my dissertation from 2006 about the beginnings of “technology” in teaching:

Online technology is not the first innovation to have had a major influence on education. The first paradigm shift occurred 300 years ago with the invention of printing. The shift away from aural instruction toward reading and writing revolutionized how people communicated across distances of place and time. In the 15th century, printing technology had a significant impact on economic, political, social, and educational systems. The printing press allowed large-scale dissemination of information and created the need for increased literacy.

As print society matured, literacy became critical in order to be a fully participating member of society. Schools (and eventually libraries) were developed to meet this need. Harvard College was found in 1636 after books became popular. Our global society is now dependent on a network of technology infrastructure, education is now a lifelong process, and literacy has expanded beyond the written page. However, despite this rapid growth, some individuals still do not embrace technological change.

“Ball point pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devicesand then throw them away! The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries” (White, 2005, Beyond the horseless carriage: Harnessing the potential of ICT in education).

Regardless of the amount of research suggesting that online educational technology permits learners to become more actively involved in their own learning, faculty members in colleges and universities continue to use more traditional instructional methods. Moreover, the majority of faculty members have yet to learn how the power of the Internet can benefit learners.

My focus is on innovations that we can use for teaching!!! (Adults- not kids).

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Benita Fox February 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Hi….can you take me through how to set it up in announcements. I use blogger….we mentioned Feedburner…not sure what I need to do with it.

Thanks for your help.

Benita

Kem Barfield May 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Particularly if we consider that adults must retrain several times during their lives, online education is a clear way to combat some of the pitfalls mentioned in the Lost Generation video. Online education allows individuals to organize their lives in a way that permits them to participate in their families without going away to college. Online education allows individuals to achieve higher degrees which give them more influence over their working conditions. Online education is rigorous education that occurs over years just like on-ground education so individuals who complete it have a strong sense that not everything involves a quick fix.

You are right that this required sea change in perception among our faculty nationwide has not yet happened but it will. The only question is how many students will miss the opportunities and benefits will we are slowly grinding toward that goal.