‘Teaching should balance tradition with technology’

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A VISITING professor from the United Kingdom said there needs to be a balance of teaching in a traditional classroom and making use of various technological tools at the same time for effective student-centred learning.

Grainne Conole, Professor of Education and Innovation at University of Bath Spa, told The Brunei Times yesterday that the traditional classroom setting is very valuable because it allows for having face-to-face interaction.

“I think the notion of blended learning and using face-to-face interaction for more student-centred learning is important. It’s all about the balance,” she said.

Professor Conole said while there are pros to using technology in teaching and learning, educators should be mindful to also slow down and remember what learning is about.

“Teachers need to give students the massive cognitive skills they need to learn how to learn, and not just snapshot things. They (students) need to be able to evaluate effectively what they are getting and reflect on their own learning. We don’t need to take the fastness of technology all the time,” she said.

She said there have been studies that have shown that taking handwritten notes during a lecture has proved more effective than typing on a computer.

“It’s not that technology is better but about harnessing the potential of the range of blended opportunities. So there’s something better about getting together face-to-face,” she said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Second Politeknik Brunei International Symposium yesterday, Professor Conole said technologies are available and students are using them.

“So we can’t ignore (these technologies). In the old days, people say students couldn’t use Wikipedia. But of course you can. As long as they have the skills to evaluate whether the source is authentic and relevant.

“So I think we need to teach students the skills to be critical and self-aware when they use social media so they understand the issues towards cyber bullying, among others, and to embrace the technology,” she added.

The Brunei Times