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Quilling 91 utlo2011
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Quilling 91 utlo2011
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5th Teaching & Learning Conference 26-28 September, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (paper #91) …

5th Teaching & Learning Conference 26-28 September, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (paper #91)


e-Learning: Positioning yourself as a Lecturer
Rosemary Quilling
School of IS&T, UKZN


Technology has great potential for managing the challenges presented by the massification of education. This suggests we, as lecturers, need to seriously consider its practical impact on our pedagogy. Unfortunately however, the higher education classroom in the main, has not been revolutionised by new technologies. While the converts will speak enthusiastically of technology in the classroom these statements are often met with scepticism by some academics. Nonetheless global imperatives to embrace change and to exhibit high levels of adaptability are clear. In higher education this may be accompanied by direct or indirect pressure to move to specific computing tools.
This short paper will initiate a discussion around the position of the lecturer in relation to an ever changing technological world.


When asked about technology use in their teaching, lecturers may experience a range of emotions and may present a variety of arguments for their pedagogic position. A lecturer may perceive the choices of technology as being impacted by the content they teach, their context and an expectation of the role technology should (or could) play in teaching. However, these responses may be because of the way in which they have experienced technology. For example: Theories relating to technology support a technicist paradigm focusing on features and functional use. Technology can however be viewed from a broader paradigmatic perspective where technology becomes more than a tool and may fulfill a less expected role; for example, that of providing emotional support (as may be demonstrated via facebook).


This discussion will present an opportunity for lecturers to consider a less bounded view of the potential use of technology in their own HE teaching and create the opportunity for group engagement.

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  • 1. eLearning: Positioning yourself as a Lecturer Rose Quilling ( www.ukzn.ac.za) 5 th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference http://bit.ly/nQsFDL
  • 2. eLearning ≈ technology
  • 3. Technology as a “Solution”…
    • To provide access to more students
    • To provide access to marginalised students
    • To reach students via media
    • To create a conversational vehicle between lecturers & students
    • To empower students
  • 4. Technology as a “Solution”…
    • To provide access to more students
    • To provide access to marginalised students
    • To reach students via media
    • To create a conversational vehicle between lecturers & students
    • To empower students
  • 5. ..and lecturers & technology?
    • We could say technology is a way to…
    • control us
    • measure us
    • Look into our classrooms…
    • … the ultimate space where we exercise our academic freedom?
  • 6.  
  • 7.
    • Pink Floyd (1979)
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LPaCN-_XWg&feature=related
    “ Another brick in the wall”
  • 8. Are we as teachers (lecturers)..
    • hemming students in?
    • limiting their view of the world?
    • A barrier to their success?
  • 9. Danger in Dichotomy
    • Celebrate
  • 10. Danger in Dichotomy
    • Celebrate
    RECLAIM TEACHER SPACE
  • 11. A short trip
  • 12. Extending an invitation:
  • 13. What do YOU do? “Beginner’s questionnaire” Program for Online Teaching
  • 14. Consider…
    • What your teaching looks like now?
    • What would you want to explore, or change?
    • How?
    • Why?
  • 15. What would YOU want technology to do for YOU ?!
  • 16.
    • [email_address]
    • School of IS&T, UKZN
    Thank You 

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