We’re Putting the Teacher at the Centre
Designing learning experiences that foster students’ love of learning is the name of the game. Although it’s played by teachers all over the world it’s a game with few concrete rules, influenced by the incessant introduction of further innovations.
Fortunately, some institutions provide significant support for their teaching and expert staffs. Their efforts range from the basic issue of incorporating technology into teaching practice to the development of toolkits for pattern-based learning design that speed up and clarify the creation of learning experiences. Even top-level experts receive assistance in becoming true facilitators of learning rather than mere information dispensers. In this Panel, people with hands-on experience will share what they’ve learned.
HTW Chur, Switzerland
Christian Glahn is the director of the Blended Learning Center and professor for educational technologies at the HTW Chur, Switzerland. He actively contributes to technology enhanced learning for many years. His work is centered on bridging future technologies into todays’ higher education practice. Dr. Glahn co-developed and operationalized the concept of micro learning. He is experienced in bridging innovative personalized and context-aware technologies to formal training, non-formal learning, and performance support in universities, public services, and industries. His research focusses on integrating smart technologies into existing technology-enhanced learning environments and practices in higher education institutions and organizations.
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Jody is a technology enthusiast, and educator. He works at the Living Laboratory for Innovative Teaching University of Pretoria (LLITUP). The LLITUP Research unit aims at doing collaborative research in the use of technology in education in various setting with a multitude of stakeholders. Jody was a part of the development of a space, called the LLITUP Collaboratorium, which houses, tests and uses technology for innovation in education of all levels. When he is not playing with the devices in the Collaboratorium, Jody lectures ICT modules in the Faculty of education. The aim is to inject a new teacher who can educate learners of the 21st century in an interactive learner-centred way.