As a first “home assignment” in our Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology -course we were asked to think about what is our current understanding about educational technology, and what are our personal aims for educational technology studies.
I see educational technology as various different hardware and software that can be used to aid in both teaching and learning in general. The imporant thing is to first understand how people learn, and then think about how different HW and SW can be applied to help in learning. The same HW and SW is not applicable to all situations of teaching or learning, so it’s a matter of finding the rights tools for the certain context.
In Learning, Education and Technology studies I want to learn about the different ways how people learn, about the different technologies that are available, and then hopefully learn to apply this information to working life. I’m especially interested in life long learning and learning of expertise.
Lately I have been thinking about the issues of how employees in working life gather a lot of information and skills that they may not be totally aware of themselves, and therefore might not be able to use the full potential that they have in themselves. Sencondly, it has been discussed in Finnish media how the retirement age should be raised from 63 to 65, while at the same time employees struggle with coping at work (coping with workload and work-related stress, for example). I think that job satisfaction is one important aspect in coping at work – if job satisfaction could be improved I think it would help employees to cope better at work and perhaps would enable them to stay longer in working life aswell. But how to improve job satisfaction? Could one solution be that if people (both employees and employers) would be more aware of how people learn and how to support learning, and would apply this in working life( for example through development discussions), it would raise job satisfaction. Thus we would have more motivated and productive employees, and without a doubt, content employers as well.
Well, here’s a though I would like to explore more during my studies. A possible subject for thesis, what do you think?