OSS—Refocusing Learning on Pedagogy (Rather than Technology) in a Networked World

Cynics unaware of We are Now[here], OSS TV & Touch, may ask how much if at all, the new OSS pedagogy/technology/process will change learning outcomes. The criticism that OSS merely combines Word Press and Web Conferencing, overlooks how OSS pedagogy culminated in We are Now[here], OSS TV & Touch—game changers in e-learning, through their ability to go beyond learning about art to learning by DIWO—thus evincing its ability to expand artistic thinking and performative practice in ways that Blackboard, Facebook, Word Press and Skype currently can’t because they merely create new learning environments (through new technology), whereas the OSS method additionally creates new learning experiences (via new pedagogy).

In short, I hope faculty members understand that the OSS demonstrates how pedagogical wisdom with respect to technology is what counts, for we seek to change restrictive conceptions of online teaching that constrain educators to viewing our mission in terms of providing instruction and access to electronic content.

The Getting Started for Faculty Tutorial hit the nail on the head in stating “OSS is not just another e-learning system”, for the OSS is also a new e-learning experience—one that no other Learning Management System currently available at NTU offers, because of the new pedagogy as well as technologies like aggregation and the tag cloud.

While new technologies can wonderfully create new opportunities and affordances for educational use, on their own if used purely for instructional purposes and content transmission, technologies merely increase the efficiency of ineffective teaching practice. Bad use of OSS technologies misses the opportunities inherent in them (as unimaginative use of Kadenze and Blackboard by faculty members have clearly demonstrated).