The Habits of Mind Necessary to Generate New Ways of Teaching in a Career of Constant Change

Michael D. DeSchryver, Sean M. Leahy, Matthew J. Koehler, Leigh G. Wolf

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In this paper we explore the philosophy, pedagogy and implementation of the third year course sequence in the M. A. in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. We discuss how "little-r" revolutions in teaching and learning, i. e., technology facilitated revolutions specific to individual classrooms and contexts, are used to introduce our students to the thinking patterns of designers and innovators. This is accomplished by an overlapping emphasis on learning by design, trans-disciplinary creative cognitive tools, innovative technology, and reflective practice. In this environment, we also transition our students from acting as consumers of educational media to being producers of educational experiences. That is, not only do the students construct new educational media, they consider the aesthetic and affective implications of technology use for teaching and learning. Finally, given the rapid evolution of educational technologies, we support students as they establish a foundational vision for the interplay of education and technology that will serve them into the future, as they, and their learners, adapt tonew and emerging digital environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Technology


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