Critique Siemens’s “metaphors of educators.” Which of these metaphors best describes the role you believe an instructor should take in a digital classroom or workplace? Is there a better metaphor to reflect your view of the role of instructors?
Siemens explores educators as master artist, a network administrator, a concierge, and a curator in his paper Learning and Knowing in Networks: Changing roles for Educators and Designers. As an instructor in a digital classroom, I view the teacher as the curator. He or she must become the expert and create individualism and independence for each learner. The curator leads and keeps the class in check behaviorally and academically. Merriam-Webster (2015) defines curator as “one who has the care and superintendence of something.”
As the educator in the room, you must wear hats and juggle them to fit the learners’ needs. The educators’ needs and demands from administration and the students are constantly changing, and as the curator “we must become the experts.” My room is my museum. (not because I hoard) 🙂
Curator. (2015). in Merriam-Webster online. Retrieved from http://www.merriam- webster.com/dictionary/curator
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