Creating an enjoyable learning environment goes beyond of having a nice campus and/or access to technology, it is more about being able to create an environment where students develop a critical thinking, it is transforming a classroom from a place where students have to go to a place where they want to go, I know it sounds ideal but it can be done (I choose to believe it).
As Mike Wesch called it “anti-teaching”, which is opposed to the traditional way of teaching, “anti-teaching”,can become the key in improving the learning experience and also in developing critical thinking.
As societies change and technology has become part of almost everyone’s life, we can take advantage of it, and use it as a tool to create a better teaching/ learning environment as well.
It might sound, like the next logical step is the incorporation of social media in teaching, and even when I am supportive of a nice, innovative and enjoyable teaching/learning environment and experience, I still believe that technology can be use as tool and should not “totally” replace the college experience.
I totally agree with your last sentence, “Technology can be used as a toll and should not totally replace the college experience.” I think all schools have to teach not only the knowledge of common sense and a special skills for our human being, but also a common courtesy and a capability of social animal. It means that it is very limited to cover the second part through the high technology because students can learn a common courtesy and a capability of social animal from direct experience between person and person.
Totally agree with your comment! Thanks!
I love this and totally agree. The strange thing about walking into a classroom is the furniture and equipment setup affords the “stand and deliver” lecture style. You have to move tables, etc. to even have a more conducive learning environment where discussions can happen. I hope VT catches onto this soon!! Wouldn’t it be great to have a learning center building of classrooms for this type of learning? Maybe even figure out a way to reserve it for every-other class period or once a week or something like that, so that multiple classes could make use of the same room? Would be awesome!