Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood. As an academic and a teacher, managing students with a lot of learning styles and abilities/intelligences, and new tools for learning, we are increasingly facing choices about how we manage the learning environment. And sorry I could not travel both.
As an academic and a teacher, managing students with a lot of learning styles and abilities/intelligences, and new tools for learning, we are increasingly facing choices about how we manage the learning environment
Tools we traditionally associate with learning - notes, books, images, blackboards and chalk have history, they fit comfortably with our teaching.
New tools – technological gadgets can be difficult to keep apace with?
As learning becomes more accessible, the student profile is changing.
4.6% in Ireland,
In nursing, teacher training, medicine, engineering courses
Students with disabilities are taking courses we would never have thought possible.
A Nurse with one hand, A Teacher who is deaf, Engineer with visual impairment
There is a quiet revolution we need to embrace!
We must stop and think about teaching, learning and technology, How, Why, What for? Universal Design, what is it….
And most importantly, How much do I need to know????
When considering students with disabilities and the choices they are making,
it may (will) challenge our biases and presumptions.
We need to recognise students are
choosing courses that they believe they have the ability to study
and want a career in….just as their peers do.
Students - today - can engage in learning in a different way
and claim it in a way that suits them
I have a new amplified stethoscope!
But is not student success and high quality of education still what it is all about?
Yet things cannot remain the same for any student
…Control – quality of education, appropriate usage of technologies,…Standards –what’s fair to all students?…Equality – what will this look like??
This is all new ground
So with all the changes
– the primary objective is that all students with a diverse need can be the best that they can be – and that best will get better….
And now more than ever we need to share our learning,
our concerns, our experiences, our questions….
Through this sharing and evolution we will all realize change…
And sometime in the future…we will all be able to say we were part of this great change
four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, teacher and lecturer.
Although he never graduated from college,
he received over 40 honorary degrees.
He also suffered from depression and a fear of public speaking
Thank you – Mary Quirke about the same