Digital pedagogy is the study and use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. Some people will misunderstand the digital pedagogy and online teaching. During this pandemic, most of teaching activities are moved online and the online teaching is not equal to the digital pedagogy. On the contrary, I would view digital pedagogy as a study, indicating we need to spend years and efforts learning it. An instructor needs some training before he/she is assigned to a teaching activities. Similarly, we become digital pedagogues by spending many years to researching, participating, writing and presenting on digital pedagogies. We are living in a technological world and use modern technologies everyday, every hour and every minute but we can not overestimate the digital pedagogy. The most important factor in teaching is still human being rather than the technologies.
As an instructor for undergraduate course, I also prefer using digital technologies to help students understand with a condition that technologies should be combined with the content. If the traditional way can be good enough for students to understand, then more digital way is redundant. However, during this special pandemic time, digital pedagogy has been proved quite useful and important. Those who combine their teaching philosophy with digital pedagogy have great advantages in teaching online. When I prepare my materials, I try my best to apply digital technologies into teaching materials, such as GIF and videos. All these digital ways are presented after students have a clear mind about what we are learning. I would view those digital technologies as a way of strengthening students’ impressions rather than some fancy way for fun.
In a fast changing world, the only does not change is the change itself. Therefore, it is necessary and essential for every instructor to be trained for the digital pedagogy. Without years of training and study, instructors are not eligible for digital pedagogy. As a new and junior instructor, I am open to all kinds of digital technologies and would be eagerly to combine the digital pedagogy with my teaching philosophy. Again, the key factor that determines the outcome and quality of teaching is the teaching philosophy rather than the technologies.