TechChange is the The Institute for Technology and Social Change, and they are at the forefront of combining technology and education to enable social change...
Terry writes: this is an evocative interview with TechChange President and CEO Nick Martin. It evokes a different POV on tech pedagogy. The most interesting quote comes near the end when Martin makes two recommendations to online educators:
"1. Content is important, but not as important as direct access to the right educators. If students want to know something, they can look it up pretty easily in forums or elsewhere. Less important than having one omniscient professor is having a network of experts that students can contact and exchange with directly.
2. Online education is very different — forget everything you know and start anew. Some skills for teaching are transferable, but not all. I think what we’re seeing right now is that online education is considered an IMPROVEMENT in education — making it more scalable/interactive, but we haven’t seen teaching doctrine/pedagogy shift to treat it as it should — a REVOLUTION in education that requires a whole new approach."
The rest of the article is full of interesting asides into the problems and solutions that NGO's like TechChange are addressing as they the appropriate use of technology to bring about social change. Well worth the read about topics like Ushahidi, low-bandwidth/mobile technologies, the use of small pieces of technology loosely joined, gaming mechanis in course delivery, and so on. Lots of good sardines packed in this tin. And mustard sauce, too! \o/