How digital technologies have changed the way we “teach”

Proud, William (2013) How digital technologies have changed the way we “teach”. In American Academy of Advertising : Global Conference : “Going Digital”, 31 May - 2 June 2013, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Unpublished)


Proud suggested that the biggest and most obvious impact of the digital world felt by academics, was in the area of teaching. He demonstrated a number of the initiatives which have been by developed by outside organizations and within various universities. Those include larger classrooms, online teaching and Blackboard. All of these were believed to provide improved learning by students, but, most commonly also expanded the faculty workload. He then discussed a number of the newer technologies which are becoming available such as the virtual classroom, Google Glass, Adobe online, Skype and others. All of these tools, he argued were in response to increasing economic pressures on the University, the result of which is that entire courses have migrated online. The reason for university interest in these new technologies were listed as reduced need for classrooms and classroom space, less need for on-campus facilities and even a decline in need for weekly in-class lectures. Thus, it has been argued that these new tools and technologies liberate the faculty from the tyranny of geography through the introduction of blogs, online videos, discussion forums and communication tools such as wikis, Facebook sites and Yammer, all of which seem to have specific advantages. The question raised, however, is: How successful have these new digital innovations been? As an example, he cited his own experience in teaching distance learning programs in Thailand and elsewhere. Those results are still being reviewed, with no definitive view developed.

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ID Code: 63075
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Additional Information: Digital Dinosaur : A Special Session to Develop a Collective Agenda on Digital Education
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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Deposited On: 03 Oct 2013 00:53
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 00:54

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