Typical perceptions of those who deal with technology have been of nerds with poor social skills. However, the role of learning technologists has moved from being perceived as a form of techno-nerd to someone who personifies the human scale and has the requisite skills to understand technology, explain pedagogical technology use to educators and technical issues to “techies”; an uber-norm, one who has a combination of good social skills with technological competence, a form of polymath at technological – human boundaries; The Fleshy Interface. However, this aspect of the role is typically just assumed and not recognised as a key skill necessary for the professional nature of the role and its successful implementation. Nonetheless, this skill deserves as much recognition and credit as pedagogical or technical knowledge and is essential to appreciating the value of learning technologists’ unique position.
The session will explore a framework that will give participants a more in depth understanding of the unique position, culture and role of learning technologists as facilitators of learning, and a clearer understanding of where they are situated at the interface of educators, technology and “techies”, and how they are The Fleshy Interface, how they are the human element who can link the often seemingly disparate elements together. The nature of the role brings with it challenges and opportunities, including the culture of the learning technologist within the organisation. The framework will give participants a model within which they can situate and evaluate their practice. They will also be able to critically examine the culture of their role within their organisation and evaluate how complete the recognition is of their unique skill set.
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