In order to truly gauge how students perceive the role of pervasive and social technologies in the classroom, it is important to investigate the alternative arguments. Its a bit convoluted but I wonder how the educators perceive the perceptions of the students in terms of tech in the classroom. Countless times I have heard the phrases such as “if you look around the classroom most of them are on Facebook”. With a cohort of students that now live almost as much online as they do offline, how are they supposed to separate the physical from the virtual and should they have too? The digital sneeze is becoming more and more common, does this event affect the flow of learning in a classroom. Should students be made to turn off all ubiquitous devices and unplug from there virtual lives on entry to the classroom.
As the majority of us quickly descend into what Doug Rushkoff described as an “alway on” mentality, is this a burdon or benefit in the classroom. Can this be another powerful tool in the educators arsenal or a ball and chain to be dragged constantly through classroom activities. (Burns, Shati M; Lohenry, K., 2010)
I intend to interview staff at Falmouth University to gain a sense of how they feel pervasive, social and ubiquitous technologies are affecting their performance in the classroom. Hopefully, I can delve into whether or not they perceive the students dependancy on being connected as threat or obstruction to learning. Who knows, maybe they themselves are as connected and dependant as the students.
I intend to begin the interview process with a pilot interview delivered to colleagues within the department I work. Once each interview is complete I will ask the interviewee to fill out a questionnaire, the results of which will help me decide whether the interview process was successful.
I found this document extremely useful when considering how to pilot an interview even though it was designed to help run pilots for a questionnaire. I have devised my own version of the document which is more relevant to piloting an interview (though much of it is the same):
Points to check:
Burns, Shati M; Lohenry, K., 2010. Cellular phone use in class: implications for teaching and learning a pilot. Collge student journal, (44).