Friday, August 28, 2009

Inside Higher Ed's Blog U: The Importance of Getting It Wrong

Inside Higher Ed's Blog U: Technology and Learning: A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
The Importance of Getting It Wrong
August 27, 2009

This posting highlights an instructor's experience introducing "disruptive innovations" into an introductory sociology course. Two lessons learned that relate to ePortfolio implementations:

"The first thing learned from this experience was that when having classes create media projects (as opposed to traditional papers) it is necessary to set very hard limits on the numbers of these projects...the time and energy spent producing the media projects crowded out time and energy to work with the curriculum."

"The second lesson I learned was that in introducing new teaching methods it is necessary to enforce limits on students technological use, as they will gravitate to the more robust and time intensive tools if you let them."

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