APPLYING ACADEMAGOGY: THE TRANSFERENCE OF AN ORGANISED HEURISTIC TEACHING APPROACH TO THE DIGITAL REALM
Queensland University of Technology (AUSTRALIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Much has been written about transferring class materials and teaching techniques to digital platforms, but less has been written about applying heuristic organizing constructs in the same manner. With the transformation of learning ecologies over the past decades as well as requirements to adjust to constantly shifting digital tools and environments, the challenges for learning facilitators are to readily adapt and change, as well as to engage a changing learner demographic. However, most importantly is to engage most effectively with learners in these online environments.
This article reviews the existing literature in the heuristic construct of academagogy  and applies a case study methodology to discussion of the first application of academagogy to the online delivery of an undergraduate design unit.
Through a focus on effective teaching and learning techniques, the transfer from face-to-face (f2f) to the digital realm is explored through four main focal points: Tools for teaching, teaching and learning, communicating with students, and effective teaching methods. These four focal points are then used to discuss ways to meet the challenges of teaching online including how they create new dimensions in teaching practice and how the digital experience changes learning experiences.
The article concludes with reflection and consolidation of the similarities and differences between the face-to-face and digital deliveries, and by suggesting changes to the academagogic heuristic to enable its use more easily in a digital space.
Keywords: Academagogy, teaching, higher education, undergraduate, distance education, distance learning, learning platform, online.