How has technology been helping or hindering us along the way in relationship to your personal life, education, society as a whole? #bolt677
With respect to #education, technology has been incredibly helpful throughout the covid-19 pandemic. The use of which would have been nearly impossible to manage, and arguably has saved many lives as a result.
The biggest barrier I’ve experienced in the last year as schools moved online was what the Society for Human Resource Management calls “technophobia”, whereby many educators were disinterested or feared utilized the technology available to enhance their online classes.
Tony Bates also discussed this concern with respect to higher education in 2011, noting faculty mistrust of technology. This concept is not new.
Link to source here:…
As more faculty members are disinterested in the use of technology, it breeds a “culture” of technophobia, Bates argues.
How has this affected me? Technology has offered me the ability to take a Masters program online, and afforded several adjunct teaching roles I otherwise wouldn’t have available as they are in areas outside a realistic commute from my house. #bolt677
Furthermore, my interest in technology and willingness to try new technology, including software or LMS systems in the classrooms, has provided me with more teaching responsibilities in a post-secondary institution.
And I’ve been able to achieve all of this while working from home saving money on my commute and (some) child care costs! Win-win #bolt677
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Reference: BOLT 677 Unit 1 Study Guide - “The Media and Learning Debate”
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