ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

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As university teacher and head of an e-learning center I’m wondering how my job will change during the next years. Already now students are different, many of them know less maths and spelling rules and speak English fluently. In courses of university teaching colleagues complain that students are not engaged anymore. Instead of immersing themselves in university topics many of them aim at finishing their degree as quickly and easily as possible.

Many of my students are working beside university and I observe that they struggle to combine job, study and family life. Of course these students cannot focus only on learning. But also students who are not working have a lot of distractions.

Furthermore I’m not sure that all the stuff we’re teaching them will be useful for them in their future life. And I’m convinced that our teaching style often doesn’t match how they want to learn and their learning competences.

So what are we teachers going to do? In my teaching I see that open tasks which support emergent learning processes give students the freedom to choose aspects they want to learn. Reflecting and documenting their learning processes strengthen their competences for lifelong learning. As facilitator I’m monitoring their development and I try to give them feedback as often as possible. And I try to use pictures and visualization in class (comics, footprints of emergence, social network analysis). But what else?

At the moment I’m reading a lot about trends, technology-enhanced learning, about the generations Y and Z, deep learning, chatbots, … In my comics workshop yesterday I tried to visualize my thoughts about the future of learning at universities.

I’m not sure about how our job will change. My picture finishes with a large question mark. Ayad Al-Ani does research about the future. He will be our keynote speaker at the 16. E-Learning Day of FH JOANNEUM (the conference is in German) and I get the impression that he doesn’t see a bright future for universities.

I’m discussing the future of learning, the future of books and universities, MOOCs and handwriting, the role of chatbots, the importance or insignificance of knowledge about facts with students and teachers. And I’m curios of your thoughts about the future. I’m looking forward to comments, comics (?) and reactions.