Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pedagogy VS Technology

Pedagogy (science and art of teaching for learning) for lifelong learning

"" (founded on July 2005 in Tehran, Iran) is an independent open window toward learning and knowledge construction. "" is developed around two fundamental and interrelated concepts:

a) learning performance (ends),
b) learning environment (means).

It is assumed that, for any effective teaching-learning activity, first, learning performance is delineated, and then learning environment architecture is designed and developed. Within this holistic approach to learning, integration of pedagogy and technology is highlighted.

The main role of this site is scaffolding (learning support) and assisting educational actors, policymakers, academic lifelong learners to develop an understanding beyond their immediate grasp of pedagogy and technology in emerging knowledge society.

Lifelong learning is “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences, within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective”. Thinking about the future of learning in the knowledge-based society needs to be holistic as learning will become a lifelong activity.

(Ivan Webb's School Improvement Web Site)

"To ensure meaningful learning, it is essential that we place pedagogy above technology. Students do not learn from the technology; they learn from competent instructors who have been trained to communicate and deliver effectively through technology." (ref.) Learning is facilitated via relevant pedagogy when:

1. Learners are engaged in solving real-world problems,
2. Existing knowledge is activated as a foundation for new knowledge,
3. New knowledge is demonstrated to the learner,
4. New knowledge is applied,
5. New knowledge is integrated into the learner’s world.

(Instructional Design - The Taxonomy Table - Oregon State University)

Edited by: Dr. Farideh Mashayekh (Bazargan) & Prof. Abbas Bazargan.


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