It is insane how fast time has flown by during this course, and how much I have learned in such a short period of time. When I say learned I mean actually experienced and took in knowledge that I can not only implement now, but long into my career as a dental hygienist and future educator. The course design took me from learning new web 2.0 tools to learning how to create the learning environment I desire as an educator. I never really had considered much into what my “classroom” would be like. Digital Pedagogy gives you so much freedom as both and instructor and learner. Without the confines of those actual brick and molter classrooms the world is at our fingertips.
It’s interesting because for the past year I have taken a dozen classes, very few of those “online” courses have actually utilized the web. I loved the observation made by Sean Morris when referencing online classes:
“when we teach digitally—whether online, or in hybrid environments (and all learning today is necessarily hybrid)—walls become arbitrary. All walls. And all seats and all podiums and all chalkboards, too. LMSs have more than snack-sized shortcomings, but the biggest dilemma they pose is that they create the illusion of digital learning without really ever encountering the Internet. Like all illusions, this is misleading, because digital learning (and by necessity, digital pedagogy) takes place all over the web.” (Mod 4, What is…)
With EDUC300 I not only was forced to utilize the web in my learning, but also learned how to incorporate it into my teaching. It has been quite the experience seeing my final portfolio come together. I never truly say myself as an educator, and suddenly I have module that is utilizing web 2.0 tools with well- thought out goals and objectives.
There was a video posted in the weeks module that introduced Carol Dweck and she spoke about believing in oneself when looking to improve. She shared some great thoughts, but for this semester would not have been possible without knowing that the course instructor believed in me. There are times in life when you don’t really believe in yourself and it takes a little nudge from someone special to say “Hey, I know you have the ability and potential, don’t doubt yourself.” I feel I am well-prepared to take on the future innovations, and I look forward to finding ways to utilize them in engaging my students.
I could go on and on relaying the knowledge I’ve learned from the course materials concerning pedagogy and how the use of digital web tools is imperative for educators in the 21st century to engage the “whole new mind.” But, the real learning of what pedagogy means to today’s educators and learners came from my instructor herself. Dr. Gusa makes it her goal to guide you through what she knows you are already capable of…even if you don’t think so. In “Let’s Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching,” Krista Moroder goes on to list what makes a good teacher:
“Good teachers create authentic learning experiences for their students by building rich, performance-based assessments. Good teachers encourage students to solve problems and take an active role in their own learning. Good teachers teach skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and curiosity. Good teachers know how to create learner-driven environments where failure is considered learning and persistence is an expectation. Good teachers know how to inspire students and build a love for learning that can last a lifetime.”
This is Dr.Gusa, but she is not just this “good teacher”…she is exceptional. Dr.Gusa is the definition of 21st century pedagogy. I will carry what I gleaned from her as an educator with me always. I’ve said it before in a previous post but it warrants repeating:
Thank you so much for giving me back belief in myself and more importantly for restoring my faith in the fact that there are still good educators out there. I count myself as one of the lucky ones.
SA: 90, I was unable to comment on DB because I was unable to participate.