Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Tech Teacher

I subscribe to a professional teaching blog which has some great articles that I find really pertinent; however, they are not always applicable to teaching here in Hungary. This last week, there was one called How Technology Can Improve Learner Centered Teaching. I thought it was a great article and felt the need to send it out to students old and current. Along with the newsletter, I sent a note asking if they thought I should send it out to the entire faculty besides. Actually, I was just joking and had no intention of doing so.

The student reactions I received was surprising, but this is one typical example.

"I am flattered to see that you are interested in my opinion. 

You know, when I read the article I had this 'why does this sound so familiar' moment more than once, when the article mentioned email notifications, blogging, surveys, online tests, online syllabus, peer review, etc. Than I realized that basically this is what your classes look like.

Hmm, as for sending this to faculty members, I don't know... There are certainly some members who would rather die as a "sage on the stage" than to use technology to improve classes. I remember for example one instructor who banned laptops from classes."

Another student informed me that her prior university in Hungary had an interactive white board. What I wouldn't do for one of those. Even within a university, there are the haves and the have nots. Science and those more 'elegant' departments always get the goodies first.

What experiences do some of you have with eduction in different countries?

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