Digital Pedagogy :

Digital Pedagogy :

Two days from now we will have the 55th anniversary of the first Internet message when the Internet crashed after sending the first two letters (‘lo’) of the text message.

And today the India Mobile Congress is being inaugurated by the Prime Minister at the Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

The mobile Internet is transforming the lives of so many people in so many different ways. In this post I am contemplating on the future of education. 

The countrywide classroom initiated by the UGC in the 1980’s may morph into the ‘ One world Schoolhouse’ in due course.

By 2047 we can project the developments in the Internet and its impact on all stages of education , from pre-School, through school, Higher Education to life-long learning. A whole new model of teaching-learning as well as assessment  will evolve. 

Let’s begin with the traditional terms used in the context of learning : pedagogy, andragogy and Heutagogy. They refer to how children learn, how adults learn and how the self-directed learner learns. 

In a knee jerk reaction to ChatGPT, about  4 months after its launch some universities banned AI altogether. But there is now a shift in attitudes. Learn more about managing AI effectively:

Benjamin Bloom in 1984 published a famous paper ‘ the 2 sigma problem’.’s_2_sigma_problem?wprov=sfti1#

where he drew attention to one to one mastery learning, and hoed that one day we will have methods of group instruction that are as effective as one to one. 

Carl Weiman Physics Nobel laureate for the year 2001 for his experimental work on the Bose Einstein condensate and winner of the  2020 Yidan Prize, the world’s largest award in education is an evangelist for ‘active learning’.

Unequivocally the research referred to points towards the ineffectiveness of lectures as a teaching-learning method. And suggests various modes of ‘active learning’ with the teacher taking the tole of a ‘cognitive coach’ in analogy to a sports coach. 

To seek the most optimum pedagogy for a given context, we have a very good resource. Initiated by Prof Mike Sharples of the UKOU for about 10 years, the UKOU publishes a report every year on innovative pedagogies. 

And the recent report of 2023 invokes a phrase ‘ Pedagogies using AI tools’ :

The emergence of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT-4 has the potential to transform education practices. These tools can create content, including text and images, and are increasingly being integrated into various educational tools and platforms to meet Bloom’s 1984 challenge to achieve hyper personalisation. 

You can get more details by reading that section of the report by following the link:  You can also get examples of other types of digital pedagogies in the earlier reports in the series. 

Here are 10 that I have short-listed from the reports of the years 2012 to 2023:

  • Pedagogies using AI tools (2023)
  • Podcasts as pedagogy (2023) 
  • Watch parties (2022) 
  • Using chatbots in learning (2021) 
  • Learning with robots (2019) 
  • Blockchains for Learning (2016) 
  • Learning through social media (2016) 
  • Flipped Learning (2014)
  • MOOCs (2013) 
  • Rhizomatic learning (2012) 

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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