A New-School Program for Old-School Educators
As technology continues to transform the academic landscape, educators are embracing this change to not only enhance their classrooms, but their careers.
Kevin Gowdy, a student in the online Master of Learning Technologies (MLT) program, decided to go back to school to acquire the skills needed to pursue opportunities in the field of education, particularly while using learning technologies.
“Just as the old-school method had different techniques that were practiced, the new-school method requires constant adjustment. Therefore, instructors have to find ways to adapt to the technological world,” he said.
“I would advise teachers to practice as much patience as they can muster, knowing that the process of constantly learning new methods for instruction via technologies has become the new norm.” - Kevin Gowdy, online MLT student
After finishing his teaching credentials, Gowdy taught special education and eventually accepted a position as a computer technology teacher. The career move solidified his passion for educational technology, and he searched for a program that would meet his needs. The online MLT program at Ohio State was a perfect fit.
“The quality of my courses is outstanding. I am able to use the university's platform, Carmen Connect, which provides everything I need to communicate with my professors, as well as my peers, while studying and learning about a profusion of information,” he said. “It makes the process very simplistic and allows for complete engagement. It has been a great experience to date and I am excited for the opportunities ahead to continue to build upon my knowledge.”
Gowdy is enthusiastic about the inclusion of technology in the classroom, but acknowledges education is in a transitional phase where some teachers are reluctant to fully embrace and adopt these tools.
“I would advise teachers to practice as much patience as they can muster, knowing that the process of constantly learning new methods for instruction via technologies has become the new norm.”
Gowdy also suggests instructors advocate individually, or in groups, for continuous training programs that support a strong and productive student/teacher relationship. Instructors should communicate their specific needs consistently so they can continue to build upon their skills and tap into the platforms that are productive, useful, easily learned and engaging for everyone.
“I would highly recommend the MLT program to anyone who is looking to add to their background and experience in the field of learning technologies,” Gowdy said. “Technology can and has been a huge benefit in our educational world today, so if everyone stays connected, the gains and academic success will often create motivation to take on any challenges that do occur, and in turn, create advantages for all involved.”
Learn more about the online Master of Learning Technologies program at online.osu.edu/mlt.