Home' Teacher : December 2010 Contents 40 TEACHER DECEMBER 2010
In a world full of powerful collaboration and learning technologies, why
are we still driving to school? The difference between peak hour in a nor-
mal week and in school holidays clearly demonstrates the carbon footprint
of all that traffic. Why don't we just leave students at home with videos,
simulations and self-paced learning systems, occasionally getting a virtual
visit from their teacher? Surely you're tired of giving that 'Introduction
to. . .' class; why don't you just replay the video from last year?
At Monash University, we believe in the value of the classroom, of a
teacher engaging and interacting with students, and students collaborat-
ing and learning with peers. And we believe that technology can be a cat-
alyst for these interactions, making them deeper, richer and more engag-
ing. We want every student to be an active participant and contributor to
their learning. We believe that these experiences are required to prepare
them for a new workplace that increasingly emphasises a strengths-based
approach, and is information rich and globally connected.
We don't want to stop at beliefs, though. We want to draw upon
comprehensive research data to inform and evaluate what we're doing,
to make sure that students are being engaged, rather than feeling like just
one of a crowd. As Richard James, Kerri-Lee Krause and Claire Jennings
report in The First Year Experience in Australian Universities, less than
half of university students -- 44 per cent -- under the age of 25 find lectures
helpful, while 42 per cent of first-year students aren't sure that at least one
of their teachers knows them by name. School classrooms are sure to be
healthier, but can we make better use of students' geographical proximity
and teachers' knowledge, experience and passion?
IN A WORLD WHERE TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT POSSIBLE
FOR US TO LEARN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, CLASSROOMS
WITH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE STILL VITAL, SAYS
NATHAN BAILEY, BUT WE NEED TO PLAN TODAY FOR THE
CLASSROOM OF 2015.
beyond the classroom
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