This is a post from the “Tip of the Week” series by Richard Lyons which is no longer available, although it is archived on Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine. Below this is a link to the full original tip at Internet Archive.
The High-Tech, High-Touch Paradox
In recent years, an interesting paradox is taking root in our society. Simply stated, as technology is infused into every aspect of our lives, the hungrier most of us are becoming for rich, interpersonal experiences. This paradox is especially evident in higher education, where our students are increasingly coming from high-tech environments to become educated into a wider culture; and where increasing amounts of instruction are delivered using technology, i.e. “distance” or “distributed learning.”
Following are some proven ways you might orchestrate an interpersonally richer atmosphere in which your students are more likely to fulfill their full potential:
- Inside your classroom, regularly listen as much as you speak, not only to sensitize yourself to the deeper needs of students, but also to model a critical behavior for them to emulate.
- Remember perception is paramount – so it is more important how you are heard than how your words are spoken. Regularly test your words with colleagues outside of class against the “filters” fostered by a person’s gender, race, sexual preference, political philosophy, etc.T