Some weeks ago, I have started to follow a course on Digital Literacies and Online Participation. The course is part of my mandatory pedagogical training towards becoming a professor in computer science. The course will touch upon several aspects related to the digital tools and how they can be used in modern teaching and learning so to favour open education, distance learning, life-long learning etc. What is more, it will discuss how digital tool can boost new teaching methods, too.
The first topic of the course is digital literacy in the context of teaching and learning. Digital literacy is essentially the ability to use ITC tools for constructing understanding. As a student and, most importantly as a lecturer, I have always found digital tools annoying as I felt they introduce accidental complexity and didn’t really contribute to an improved learning. In fact, quoting  and : “Despite considerable investment in technology-enhanced teaching and learning, there is little evidence of profound changes in educational practice. In particular, the idea that the use of ICT would promote student-centred and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning has not been fulfilled “
Ironically enough, the course has started just a week before the COVID-19 has broken into most of our lives. As a result of its outbreak, many universities and institutions around the globe, including mine, have suspended traditional teaching activities in favour of digital or remote ones. Classes, meeting, labs, examinations, etc. everything has been or has to be switched to these forms. So, given the circumstances, I have decided (or rather I was forced) to keep an open mind and give digital tools another try. My first impression, is that digital tools are still overrated when it comes of teaching and learning. But I’ve to admit they came a long way and can help byproduct activities related to teaching and learning. Another surprising realisation is that even young people, which are often considered resident  (native) to digital tools in general often struggle with pedagogical digital tools.
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