After listening to Dr. Veletsianos responses to our MALAT cohort’s questions, a common theme came out that really resonated with me. Dr. Veletsianos mentioned it’s easy to focus too much on the technology itself rather than the root of the problem or an external solution. I totally agree it’s an easy pitfall to be pulled into the newest application or technology as the solution to our learning problems. New technology can absolutely be part of our research and problem solving, but it is important to take a step back and examine from other perspectives.

By avoiding getting stuck on the technology itself, it creates opportunity to incorporate the aspects of pedagogical practice, economics, sociology and more into our work to create better learning solutions. Not only can this provide us with a more comprehensive understanding, it also provides fascinating opportunity to research areas that may have been ignored previously. My hope is to expand my scope in future MALAT projects to include these other aspects that can impact our learning-technology problems.

Dr. Veletsianos’ statement on predictions was also insightful. Predictions can very easily shift with the time and are not held to any standard or means of accountability. Who would have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s impact on post-secondary education alone? The pandemic alone would have delayed or disproved many predictions in anything from the financial markets to the feasibility of an all remote workforce. By focusing on the present problems we can have a better mindset to allow for considering multiple approaches. I wait with great anticipation to explore these issues and ideas further in LRNT523 and beyond!

References:

Veletsianos, G. (2021, August 11). Personal interview [Personal interview].