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Refocusing learning on pedagogy in a connected world

Yam San Chee (Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Republic of Singapore)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 1 December 2002



Advances in technology provide valuable opportunities for furthering the goals and methods of education. In this paper, we argue that, unfortunately, many of these opportunities are not seized because of restrictive conceptions of education that constrain teachers to viewing the educational mission primarily in terms of providing instruction. Adopting a pedagogical stance on this issue leads us to a fundamental rethink of how technology can and should be used. From this reconsideration, we conclude that using technology predominantly to provide access to learning content is a misguided use of technology. Technology is rendered more powerful for learning objectives when it is used to support learning‐by‐doing. Technological advancement on its own does not lead to better education. Pedagogical guidance is vital if technology is to be productive for human learning.



San Chee, Y. (2002), "Refocusing learning on pedagogy in a connected world", On the Horizon, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 7-13.




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