The digital classroom

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The digital classroom

  1. 1. The Digital Classroom<br />Of education and digital conditions<br />
  2. 2. How it started…<br />Undergraduate program, media studies and enthusiastic lecturer, first forays into the digital classroom<br />Initiatives by the lecturer, certificate courses on culture, technology, gender etc<br />Also, class notes, live blogging from class, exchanging course work on a central platform<br />
  3. 3. Experiments in education<br />www.anilpinto.blogspot.com<br />
  4. 4. Changing the medium <br />Students’ initiatives: personal blogs, subject based blogs, using Ning for course discussions<br />Taking attendance on phone, skype lectures…<br />Trouble: Problems occurred when not all comfortable to participate<br />
  5. 5. Notions of plagiarism<br />Case study: Write a mid-term research paper and upload it on turn-it-in. The grades will be based on the amount of originality (thought and content) in the paper. <br />This made students uncomfortable, since primary source of info is the internet<br />Some tried to surpass by referring books, but books have online versions too! <br />Book/paper vs. Internet<br />
  6. 6. What the students could not foresee is that the same material is indexed online.<br />This hints towards the curious change in nature of medium which highlights their notions of each space<br />Library: thousands of books, obscurity<br />Internet: Surveillance, indexed<br />Also, importantly, the “google” phenonmenon<br />
  7. 7. Peer-to-peer<br />The classroom disseminates, from one to many, becomes many to many<br />Chat lessons, passing on presentations, brainstorming etc<br />Interactions happen at two levels- on using the technology and on doing work with it<br />
  8. 8. The Digital classroom<br />A three month course on understanding the dynamics of a digital classroom, with no predetermined course work.<br />Inside: debated notions of university, classroom as a space, didactic model, what do digital technologies do to this? Does the way a classroom looks, change?<br />Outside: A culminating survey on degrees of resistance/comfort with technology in campus<br />
  9. 9. The Digital Classroom<br />Understanding after survey: results ranging from extremely favorable to otherwise<br />Classroom as organic space: intervention of technologies creates levels of access, barriers for some, techno-utopia vs. dystopia<br />Also, awareness about our already wired existence- not mere addition of tech<br />For some, it was a moment for student mobility<br />
  10. 10. Conclusion<br />Setting up an intellectual repository<br />Making students contribute in different measures<br />Not a question of move towards or against technology, but a realization that our conditions are already digitized in proportions<br />
  11. 11. FinNoopur Raval Student, Art &Aesthetics JNU, New Delhi, India noopur.raval@gmail.com<br />

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