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Amen to that

Posted on: October 19, 2019

I have a one-word response to this Chronicle article — amen!

I also have a longer response.

I wish there was “teaching online” when I started teaching 30 years ago. Back then I was a military instructor and then a classroom teacher. Trainers and teachers were gauged largely by how much they knew, how well they explained, and how likeable they were.

I barely knew a thing about pedagogy or educational psychology. It was only after I left and pursued higher degrees that I realised that I had to become an educator.

My studies gave me labels for what I might have practiced blindly before, and highlighted gaps in what I knew. But it was only when I was a distance and online educator while I pursued a Masters in Educational Technology and then a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology that I learnt to put everything into practice.

So, yes, online teaching throws you deeper than into the deep end. But it also forces you to rethink what you know and do. It can make you a better teacher. Better still, it might transform you into an educator as you learn how to be a learner first.

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