In the emerging digital landscape of the Web 2.0 era, where social software tools like blogs, wikis and podcasts provide instant connectivity, promises of engagement and community building, there is a need to rethink models for teaching and learning. In this paper, the authors argue that outmoded didactic models, which place emphasis on the delivery of information by an instructor and/or from a textbook, may need to be replaced in order for student-centred learning to come to fruition. Currently, e-learning pedagogies at universities and colleges appear to be fuelled largely by learning management systems (LMS's) that replicate these traditional paradigms in an online setting. They conform to a "student-as-information consumer" model, thereby reinforcing instructor-centred approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge, as opposed to being conducive to constructivist modes of learning that enable a high degree of learner self-direction and personalisation. This paper also explores a range of examples demonstrating productive pedagogical applications of social software tools. A number of recent constructivist theoretical paradigms are presented that have the potential to transform teaching, learning and pedagogy in higher education.
|Title of host publication||Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?|
|Editors||Roger Atkinson, Clare McBeath|
|Place of Publication||Geelong, Vic.|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Annual Conference - Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 30 Nov 2008 → 03 Dec 2008
http://ascilite.org/past-proceedings/ (website and proceedings links)
|Conference||Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Annual Conference|
|Period||30/11/08 → 03/12/08|
McLoughlin, C., & Lee, M. (2008). Mapping the digital terrain: new media and social software as catalysts for pedagogical change. In R. Atkinson, & C. McBeath (Eds.), Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology? (pp. 641-652). Deakin University.