Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blending Learning as a Service #2

Blending Interactions
The definition of service is never completed without the one you are serving! It is a misnomer to act in the Information Age as if you could be the repository of all knowledge for a particular thing. The teacher will be surprised how much the student knows more than him/her when an occasion rises.

#Blendkit2012 outlined four role-playing for interactivity to occur. Each of them has its place in shifting the responsibility of achieving the aim of education from a teacher-centric to a mutual evolution.
One school of thought is of the opinion that since students becomes teachers and implementer  users of what is being taught; they are at the end of a chain that needs them to be completed. The interaction is not when they are made (because several will never be made due to incomprehension) interaction engenders the process of being made qualitatively.

Two things are important in Interaction
Collaboration: Mutuality as expressed in understanding blending learning is founded in collaboration. Learning thrives in an atmosphere of collaboration. Everyone brings what he has to the table. The tutor is simply the initiator and facilitator while the students are the collaborators. Direction is outlined by the tutor and that is where he/she stops being ahead.
Utility: According to (Elizabeth, 2012) "The consumer needs to know what goods and services are available to him in order to maximize his utility, especially if the consumer is undecided on what he needs. Help the customer by showing him all the different products or services currently offered".

Collaboration engenders interaction and interaction enhances utility.

#Blendkit2012 presented the following:
+ To Whom Will Students Express Themselves?
+ How Will Students Express Themselves?
+ Why Will Students Want To Express Themselves?

With a service perspective, we will seek how to answer the questions expressly. One more thing I have found about interaction is that it cuts across all learning orientation. Visual, Verbal, Aural, Kinsthetic, Tactile (Spiller, 2011) whatever the learning orientation everyone has his/her own distinct way of communicating and a relaxed means of interaction will bring out the best from everyone.


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