Beware University Technologists who are "Here to Help"

At a recent seminar on teaching, one guest from CU Online actually said, and I'm paraphrasing (but accurately): "let students bring laptops to the classroom; let them surf the web; let them twitter about your lecture while it's happening!" I think his point was to have teachers begin to accept laptops in the classroom, but he went way beyond that.

Some of us teachers looked around in disbelief. But these CU Online people are the priests of technology, and this is their business--but their business is set directly in opposition to what we believe it means to develop a mind and a socially conscious intelligence.

In short, professors: watch out for the technologist on your very own payroll. They know not what they're saying, and they're saying it in training to your faculty.

No comments: