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ERIC Number: EJ1064468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0973-2217
Nothing New under the Sun
Largey, Alan; Timmins, Patricia
Journal on School Educational Technology, v1 n1 p20-28 Jun-Aug 2005
Is creative teaching something new? Is it not true that teachers have always found creative ways of making their teaching more creative, engaging and effective for their students no matter what century they were in and that includes those in the 21st century? It would appear therefore that "there is nothing new under the sun." However, while it is probably agreed that creative teaching is not a new concept, opportunities to deliver creative teaching have changed and changed dramatically with the advent of computers and the Internet. Perhaps there is something "new under the sun" after all. This does not mean that teaching and learning using computers and the Internet are going to be automatically creative. Teachers and students will have to understand this changing environment, this electronic learning, this eLearning and adapt to the changing technology and the changing learning environment, if they are to make best and most effective use of them. ELearning has radically changed the teaching paradigm. In this article, the authors trace the history of eLearning, noting that neither the first generation nor second generation include aspects that would allow creative teaching and learning in the online environment. Next, an example of creative teaching and learning for 21st century students is provided followed by a discussion of requirements needed for creating teaching and learning in an eLearning environment. Creative materials and pedagogies used by Synergy Learning, an eLearning resources and consultation company in Belfast Northern Ireland are then introduced. The authors explain how Synergy Learning operates in an eLearning environment underpinned by social constructivist learning theory which blends face to face methods, tutor led demonstrations, student research, learning tasks, on-line learning materials, off-line learning materials, collaborative and co-operative assignments, teaching on demand, self-paced learning, and student centred approaches in varying degrees depending on what has to be learnt. This pedagogy allows for a variety of different learners in a variety of different situations. Examples of Synergy eLearning tools such as interactive tutorials and Virtual Tutors are described. The authors conclude that teachers have, within eLearning, opportunities to be more creative in their teaching and learning. They point out that teachers and students need also to recognize that these environments are different in many ways from their traditional environments and this difference in itself will allow teachers to provide creative teaching for 21st century students. [The journal name ("Journal on School Education") on the pdf is incorrect.]
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Language: English
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