This week’s reading discussed digital pedagogy and the future of education that includes the digital world. One of the most interesting aspects to me about the digital classroom is the accessibility aspect. The accessibility allows for students of different age groups and income groups to have access to a higher education. However, is this good for the future of education? Does the education and actual pedagogy suffer when classes and full degrees are moved to only digital platforms? Digital pedagogy is a process that is always changing. As the readings state not all teachers are adept in pedagogy and therefore are not adept in digital pedagogy. Being a newer concept, it is hard to master or even understand the fullness of digital pedagogy. It is a concept that teachers must learn as they go and see what works best for them, the teachers, and what works best for the students.
In my own experience, as a public speaking teacher, I have switched to online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic and have noticed several differences, even though the class is still structurally similar. I feel that it is more difficult to ‘connect’ with my students. It has taken me a semester and a half to figure out how to start connecting as I felt like I did in in-person classes. I mention this because of my earlier comments of how learning digital pedagogy is trial and error. I have used many different strategies to increase classroom engagement for a synchronous digital platform. I do not believe I have mastered it at all, but I do think that I am improving and I think that is what some of this week’s readings are describing, the trial and error aspect of a new king of pedagogy.
The last thing I would like to discuss are a couple of cons that digital learning brings and the ways that digital pedagogy can be utilized to improve these cons. For example, I feel that it is difficult to create a safe environment for all students in a digital class and I feel that adapting your teaching style with this in mind would be and is beneficial. From experience, I think that putting yourself out there and understanding that students will follow your lead is a strategy that can be used to try to turn this con into a pro for your individual class. It is obvious that digital learning is here to stay and for right now is almost the norm. Knowing this, teachers need to understand the positives and negatives of this relatively new teaching platform and incorporate a different kind of pedagogy.