Week 5: Teaching and Digital Scholarship

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At the start of week 5, we look at the concept of abundance vs. scarcity of resources – how does that link to teaching?  While Weller doesn’t dwell on it, it’s clear that we have moved from a situation of a relatively limited set of resources that students could have access to (a few books in the library, a few more if you can track them down), to today, when students have access to a vast range of materials; some of which are more useful than others. In order to make use of them, we have to look at newer approaches to teaching. He covers a range of approaches, not all explicitly requiring technology to support them, but rather they’re approaches that can enable staff / students to make good use of that wealth of information.

He covers:

  • constructivism
  • connectivism
  • problem based learning
  • resource based learning
  • Communities of practice.
  • MOOCs

Do you feel that you have used any of these approaches in your teaching?

Do you have any other comments about this week’s activities?

2 thoughts on “Week 5: Teaching and Digital Scholarship

  1. I’m not sure if everyone gets the same questions in the quiz – but there was one this week about MOOCs, that I was sure I was right about, luckily, as it was multiple choice, when it removed the “wrong” answers, I could then get them “right” – but I’m not convinced! Has anyone else tried that quiz yet?

  2. I also found the concept of resources people are wiling to pay for interesting – as in the example given, I’ve paid for the Pro version of Flickr, even though I could now access similar storage elsewhere for free. it’s just the same as The Guardian, I decided to pay for the ad free version of the paper, as it’s something that I feel is important. I don’t think I’d do that for other news outlets!

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