Instruction in the Humanities: Shifting Teaching and Learning Expectations and Tools within the Digital Age

By Caroline M. Crawford.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The significant shifts that have been occurring within the Digital Age, some persons refer to this as the Information Age, suggest that tools are becoming available to support and enhance the instructional environment within the Humanities. This shift in the Digital Age is also being felt within the teaching and learning environment, as shifting teaching and learning expectations must be appropriately addressed and supported through not only philosophical understandings regarding learning theoretical underpinnings and understandings but also a supportive framework through which to rethink and potentially integrate Digital Age tools. What are the overarching aspects of instruction within the Digital Age that are shifting from previous Industrial Age belief systems, as well as the shift in more traditional understandings related to thinking and learning such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, and finally the considerations related to types of instructional venues and environment that appropriately meet the needs and options of all learners.

Keywords: Instruction, Teaching, Learning, Digital Age, Information Age, Distance Learning, Synchronous Learning, Asynchronous Learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Communities of Learning, Landscape of Practice, Problem-Based Learning, Web-based Learning, Web-enhanced Learning, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Dynamic Communities, Information Age, Tacit Knowledge, Explicit Knowledge

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.229-244. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 675.060KB).

Dr. Caroline M. Crawford

Associate Professor, Instructional Technology, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA

Caroline M. Crawford, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, USA. At this point in Dr. Crawford’s professional career, her main areas of interest focus upon communities of learning and the appropriate and successful integration of technologies into the learning environment.


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