03/14/06  (susheyer)  [0 Comments]

I don't understand Swertz

Citing Swertz, Christian (2004). Didaktisches Design : Ein Leitfaden für den Aufbau hypermedialer Lernsysteme mit der Web-Didaktik. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

page 10: "Die Didaktik zielt darauf ab, das Material nach vernünftigen Prinzipien räumlich zu fixieren und dadurch den dynamischen Lehr- Lernprozess Prozess [sic!] zu gestalten." [Translation: The goal of didactics is to spatially fix materials according to reasonable principles in order to design a dynamic teaching- learning process.]

Leaving alone the fact that Swertz provides a handful of different definitions for didactics within the first ten pages of his book, I picked out the one above as an example. It fundamentally embodies the disagreements I have with Swertz.

  1. Considering that he wrote about "Web-Didaktik" (didactics of the web), I find amazing that he talks about "fixing" content i.e. materials. How would that work on the web, if the essential nature of the web is to be dynamic and changing every second, producing new broken links all the time?
  2. Does Swertz think that instructors or teachers will always fix this content? He plainly reduces himself in the teaching options he wants to cover with this perspective on didactics of the web if that were the case.
  3. How can a _fixed_ structure of materials design of all things a _dynamic_ learning process? I don't understand how these two elements fit together and promote each other. Swertz does not explain this correlation in further detail.
  4. Are teachers able to even get to the point of fixing materials? Information changes and information is reproduced creating a mass of abundant and redundant information. How does Swertz think the selection process, which takes place _in advance_ to the fixing, will happen?