Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: August 8, 2021

While I was rooting around for electronic devices to recycle, I rediscovered my micro cassette tape recorder. I bought it about 17 years ago as a data collection tool for my Ph.D.

My dissertation relied on mixed methods. One type of data I used to triangulate my findings was interviews with student teachers. I had to record, play back, and transcribe too many interview to count!

When I returned to Singapore, I stored my raw data, notes, and dissertation materials in a cabinet at work. As the photo below shows, these occupied about a quarter of my Ph.D. artefacts.

Where are these materials now? Everything in the photo above ended up in a recycling bin when I decided to leave in 2014. All I have now as physical keepsakes are the near defunct technology and a bound copy of my dissertation.

But my Ph.D. experiences left indelible marks on me. They changed my outlook on and purpose of life. I champion meaningful and powerful technology-mediated pedagogies.

My two photos remind me that there are some educational technologies we can abandon without negative consequence to most of our learners. If we keep anything, they might serve as personal tokens. But as good these might be for triggering nostalgia, they should not hold us back from doing what it relevant to our learners.

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