Ken McCarthy

Ken McCarthy


Teaching interests


I provide support across all departments and schools in WIT to staff that use technology in their teaching. I provide guidance on tools and technologies as well as pedagogical approaches and theories.

Describe your teaching philosophy


My job is to teach techers to teach with technology and a large element of that is about finding the right tool for the learning outcome rather than using technology for the sake of technology. I do like the SAMR model or approach of substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition as a way of looking at integrating technology into teaching.

What technology do you use?


Moodle, Turnitin, Mahara, Powerpoint, Canva, YouTube, Padlet, Wakelet and many many others

How do you use this technology?


My approach to using is to start with the end in mind so a large part of my role involves discussing with academic staff what it is they hope to achieve and then work back from that and pick the appropriate tools and resources to help them achieve the desired outcome.

What are the advantages to using this technology?


Technology can and does make learning more accessible to students and presenting material in innovative ways also helps with engagement and the retention of what has been learned. The advantage that I offer to staff is that I have the time to learn the intricacies of a product and can distil the key elements down in to the parts that they most need.

What are the disadvantages to using this technology?


Part of the risk of using technology is that it doesn't always work either at all or in the way that you intended. There is often a fear of failure or of looking foolish that stops people from trying when by taking small incremental steps they can open up a whole new way of engaging with learning materials for students. This however takes time and with short semesters and heaving teaching loads, time is often a very scarce resource.

Which training resources helped you in this work?


National Forum Digital Badges, Online MOOCs - Coursera, EdX, FutureLearn etc. , YouTube, Lynda.com

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