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Is Pedagogy Personal?
Hi all, Yesterday, I had a conversation with a professor (no from PLNU) that went something like this: Sam: What do you think about faculty development programs? Prof: Well, pedagogy is a very personal thing. If it is introduced by faculty to other faculty, it may work. But since it is a very personal matter, I don't think any faculty should be asked to do anything they do not feel is beneficial in their setting… This professor continues by describing why it is so personal, but never once did the professor talk about the student. So my question to you all is – Is pedagogy a personal matter or should a university encourage a certain standard? Or maybe it is a bit too sensitive an issue to discuss in public. Is this too much of the "elephant in the room"? I come from the public sector (healthcare, hospitality, retail and ecommerce). In industry, there are certain levels of freedom within each profession but there are certain standards that the company insists. For example: A nurse can have a very personal approach to how they treat a patient, but the hospital (at least the hospitals I've been) insists on a certain level of customer services and patient care. That goes with consultants, doctors, lawyers, etc. Should that also apply higher education or is there something about higher education that make it unique? One of the problem I have with the answer is that the professor has elevated his/her personal preference above the education and the learning of the student. Maybe the massive revolution to higher education is about this very fact. Have we elevated the existence of the institution and professors above the learning of our students? I am NOT saying that all professor are in this same boat. In fact there are an increasing number of faculty that are exploring new pedagogies to help their students. But there are many that still like to use "chalk". Question 2: What is the roll of IT in this revolution? God bless, Sam Young Chief Information Officer Point Loma Nazarene University Individualization ~ Achiever ~ Learner ~ Belief ~ Activator ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.