Teaching about technology as a prerequisite to teaching with technology?

January 13, 2010 by

I have been reading fellow attendees posts on digital literacy and teaching/learning with technology with interest, and I’d like to collaborate on at least one session talking about these topics. In the past two years, I’ve taught two fully-online courses as well as a seminar with a significant online component (required blog participation and a DH final project). What I noticed, especially in the seminar, is that it forced me to consider a third level of teaching, not only the actual course content and communication skills like writing and discussing, but also the technical skills necessary to participate in the course requirements (starting with registering as a user on the course blog). As with anyone else attending THATcamp, I tend to focus on the benefits of technology in teaching and learning. However, I would like to discuss with other attendees how they have have encountered and overcome these barriers in their classrooms.

I’m also in the middle of a transition from web designer/graduate research assistant, working on many different projects, to instructor/professor responsible for teaching and publicizing my own research. I still have an interest (and several years of practical experience) in the former, and I hope to get a chance to check out some of the institutional projects that others are working on, especially the museums.

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