WebEx is an online conferencing tool I frequently use for online teaching and training. As I work with schools all over the world, I find it particularly useful to better engage and connect with the educators I train, and allows me to create a better rapport overall. With affordances such as screen sharing and polling, it allows me to have a greater understanding of learner needs, while also maintaining a visual component to lessons, when I’m unable to be there in person. That being said, many educators I work with find WebEx to be a complex tool, so there is a delicate balance between maintaining its usefulness without becoming arduous.
What a question! Contemporary learning is such a broad subject to tackle. Since I work in EdTech, I’m going to primarily focus on examples from that arena.
From my perspective, the most important aspect of contemporary learning to consider is the bridge and relationship between traditional pedagogies and the evolving need of current and future societies. Looking at how one shapes and frames the other, and how educators, legislators, and the technology sector can adapt practices to meet the needs of modern learners. In my own work, I’m most interested in the shift from learning material by rote (from knowledge shared from practitioner to learner), to more technology based learner specific lessons (PLPs/ILPs), kinesthetic learning, and learner led acquisition, particularly that involving community engagement.
Contemporary learning, then, means that learning engages community and environment, while also contributing to learners’ understanding of how the knowledge they acquire applies to everyday life and future skills acquisition.