Teaching Skills or Teaching Methodology?

„Teaching Skills or Teaching Methodology“ from Simon Mahony and Elena Pierazzo published in Digital Humanities Pedagogy – Practices, Principles and Politics – is an essay about

what we should be teaching under the banner of ‚digital humanities‘ „

in higher education. They claim, that the focus should be on

„teaching students new approaches and new ways of thinking about the humanities and […] that there is a need for teaching methodological approaches and not simply technological skills“.

Teachers have to deal with the so-called „digital natives“, those who grow up with the world wide web. It is important to see that they have another understanding of the web as a source of information than the „academic (and digital humanities) community has.

„[…] whatever is provided at the top of the list of results returned by their favorite search engine […]“

is accepted without even to question it. Mahony and Pierazzo demand an awareness for the „digital division“ between teachers and students. They but point out the importance for „learning activities using a new media approach“ but simultaneously they clarify that this must happen in an extra „closed“ space in the web.

Social media is often used by students as a diversion „to escape from learning rather than to support it“ for this reason it is indispensable to develope

„a group space that exists somewhere beetween study and social areas“

so that the students feel comfortable in that „pedagogical framework“.