Now We Have It!! Technologically Empowered Self-directed Learning.

Technoheutagogy brings clarity to the teaching of the creative arts, thus leveling the playing field.    Watch this movie and you will see that the development of the theory of learning moves from teacher centred and led instruction through various types and styles of education.

Within the context of Rapid eLearning, the way students dip in and out of styles of learning is characterised as spiralling in a manner often referred to as toggling.  The capacity for students to move in and between the ranges of ‘agogys’ is disrupting teaching and learning.  A peaceful revolution is emerging in the world of learning and teaching theory.  This international phenomenon is powered by technology, the Internet and the noösphere and culminates in a capacity to engage in an environment capable of providing technoheutagogy.

The Art of Steering Student Learning Toward Self-direction

Techno- heut-agogy is the art of directing student learning through stages of self responsibility guiding learners towards technologically assisted, self-efficacious, self-paced, student designed, owned and motivated learning.

Pedagogy always was, and still is, teacher led.  Andragogy is teacher facilitated and directed but based on an understanding of how adults learn and what motivates them.  It is when teachers consciously choose to move towards syneragogy that we see true student inspired and motivated learning.  Through processes such as Proximal Development, groups work together to design projects and when there is a need for teaching they teach each other.  This kind of collaborative, project based teaching and learning reinforces the idea that all learning can be self directed and self paced if students take responsibility to learn how to learn.  The techniques are also informed by the idea that if you want to really master a subject, teaching it will force you to look into the subject fully and therefore develop deep learning of content, process and underlying theory.   Syneragogy leads to Heutagogy, which in turn prepares the student and the teacher to become learning partners in collaborative ventures called Technoheutagogy.

In lay man’s terms, Technoheutagogy is learning that has been transformed by the understanding that through engagement with technology and the Internet an easier and quicker (more rapid) pathway to learning is possible.  If a student learns how to learn, he or she can access any medium and therefore what ever realm of learning he or she requires at the time it is required. (Just In Time)

Rapid eLearning Engagement and Enthusiasm

My first experience of this kind of learning was when I began teaching Visual Art to young children who clearly knew a lot more about animation than I did.  Was I, as their teacher, in a position to say “Sorry kids, the software is there and I know that you know what you are doing but I don’t understand this stuff, so we will continue to just draw?”  I would have gotten away with it, at least for a time, because I see other teachers doing just this.  But, because I love animation, I was confident enough within myself to say – “Only if you teach it.”

My art classes became almost like a club.  Boys (and some girls) would practise and design all through the lunch hour and at night.  They would then have the privilege of being the teacher the next day. The more I learned from them, the more they scooted ahead of me and returned to teach me even more.

You might ask, “How on earth did the kids teach themselves all of that?”  Some had parents or older siblings who knew what they were doing, some used help desk and instructionals and others learned through experiment and by doing. What we were doing as a class was ‘learning how to learn’ and exploring all of the different ways that online access to help is available.  There is not much one can’t teach themselves if prepared to research and explore.

Did I feel redundant as a teacher? Certainly not!  I was busy working out how to showcase their work, how to set up online galleries and how to make good use of the situation to link the learning experiences to literacy (scripting) and numeracy (pace and timing).

How Teachers Work within Technoheutagogical Classrooms

The Creative Arts text book Global Citizen to be released in February 2013 is a collection of techniques designed to explain how teachers are able to work within Technoheutagogical classrooms.  In the book, I talk extensively about the Noösphere.  The noösphere is the community space that defines the outer limits of the interactions that inform and participate in collaborative live connected online community.

In the fullness of time this kind of learning will level the playing field of education.  No one need be excluded or left behind.


Copyright Jo Murphy

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