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Connecting Instruction to Connected Technologies — Why Bother? An Instructional Designer’s Perspective

Conectar la enseñanza a las tecnologías interconectadas — ¿Por qué es importante? La perspectiva de un diseñador pedagógico


This article identifies the disconnect between workplace demands and university teaching. It highlights the importance of providing faculty development related to connected teaching and the role of the instructional designer to assist faculty with the integration of social media tools in their courses in a pedagogically appropriate way. Examples from practice include connected learning utilizing social media within online higher education courses and programs. Using the theory of connectivism, and the idea of connected learning, the article outlines possibilities to engage and support adjunct and distance faculty to embrace social media and networks.


Este artículo identifica la disociación entre las demandas del lugar de trabajo y la enseñanza universitaria. Subraya la importancia de ofrecer formación continua al profesorado en el ámbito de la enseñanza interconectada y pone de relieve el papel del diseñador pedagógico para ayudar al profesorado a integrar herramientas de comunicación social en sus cursos de un modo pedagógicamente apropiado. Un ejemplo de este tipo de práctica es el aprendizaje interconectado que utiliza medios de comunicación social en cursos y programas de educación superior en línea. Partiendo de la teoría del conectivismo y de la idea del aprendizaje interconectado, este artículo describe las distintas formas de animar y aconsejar a los profesores asociados y a distancia a adoptar medios y redes de comunicación social.


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Rochefort, B., Richmond, N. Connecting Instruction to Connected Technologies — Why Bother? An Instructional Designer’s Perspective. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento 8, 217–232 (2011).

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  • connected learning
  • connectivism
  • faculty development
  • social media
  • social networking

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  • enseñanza interconectada
  • conectivismo
  • formación continua del profesorado
  • medios de comunicación social
  • redes sociales