- A willingness to take risks and explore new tools and techniques with students - a facilitation role in managing decisions about learning.
- A willingness to involve students as mentors in learning, and thereby facilitate sharing and co-operation. This should happen across programmes as well as within modules.
- The deployment of interactive technologies and techniques in the curriculum.
- Give e-learning tools (e.g. Blackboard) a point.
- Be responsive to the students' attitudes and approaches - empower them to use personal tools in the curriculum.
- Use social tools that help them personalise their experience and share ideas beyond the programme. We need to pull students in, rather than push them.
- Give students responsibility for the development of modules and programmes - give them choices and decisions to make about curriculum content and delivery.
- Rather than focusing on telling, focus upon students' active involvement in doing and creating. Trust will help build ownership and engagement. Students doing and creating rather than listening is key!
- Make better use of technologies to enable non-contact time activities and tasks.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
the kids are alright
I had a conversation with a couple of students at the JISC Users and Innovation seminar about what they thought the e-aware or e-competent tutor should be about, and what attributes would be appropriate for 21st Century HE. Their top tips included the following - they aren't rocket science, but they are usefully re-stated.