The networked student and the role of the teacher

The video below is the final “project” of a connectivism course facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes . It well illustrates the role of the teacher in a connected world. Though developed from the perspective of a K-12 teacher, it has implications for those of us in “higher education”.  It chimes in well with the issue of training for employment at the college-level. A typical PhD program basically involves years in courses developing the knowledge skill set and virtually no time on the teaching set. That is, little time is actually focused on how to facilitate information communication other than through published research. This does little to prepare the individual as a facilitator of information communication in an educational setting where most PhDs are typically employed. The future role of a teacher, whether in the K-12 environment or at the college-level, will be more of a facilitator of information evaluation and communication than a fountain of content expertise as emphasized in the lecture model of teaching.

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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