Advising in a New Media World — The Next Frontier

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As education is increasingly mediated through technology, how can we provide a model for advising that can keep pace?  In a related discussion on pedagogy, the structure of the opportunity was framed by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron:

McLuhan 1964 first argued, technologies also influence and define the usage, in this case the pedagogy instantiated in the learning and instructional designs. In an attempt to define a middle ground between either technological or pedagogical determinism, we’ve previously written Anderson, 2009 about the two being intertwined in a dance: the technology sets the beat and creates the music, while the pedagogy defines the moves.

Anderson & Dron were looking at pedagogy in general, but the case applies to advising, as well.  It’s really a two-fold problem.  First, advising must connect students to digital (and global) resources as adeptly as traditional (and in-house) resources.  Second, advising must adopt the lessons learned from the digital world — both from digital pedagogy and the digital world at large.

via Three generations of distance education pedagogy | Anderson | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.


About bskluger

I have been an education technology practitioner for over a decade. This blog is a personal experiment with playing the role of observer. We'll see if I can pull it off without getting back into the fray.
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