English 518 Course Blog

March 13, 2007

Interactivity in Teaching

Filed under: Uncategorized — sophiesun @ 5:48 pm

Shedroff in his ” What is Interactivity anyway?” points out that “interactivity is all around us and a deep part of our lives. It has been around for hundered of thousands of years. It is merely new to electronic media.” He categorizes things that are interactive and those which are not interactive. So his article provides us kind of information which can help us understand interactivity more and understand Arata’s article “Reflections about Interactivity”better.

Arata lets us think about “interactivity” in a new way. For her, interactivity means “active interrelations between players and medius,” here she emphasizes  the relations among things, the static objects interact with the world which thereby become dynamic,  and their pragmatic uses. Both Shedroff and Arata make me reorganize my idea of interactivity. When I taught in China, I applied the interactivity in the sense that “viewers interact with objects in a way that celebrates subjectivity and diversity.” But at that time I was unaware that I had the interactive perspective in teaching. Now after reading Arata’s reflections, I get more ideas and want to make good use of “interactivity” in my future teaching.

Meantime, I am aware of what Arata has warned that “total interactivity leads to chaos”, just like what our internet has been like nowadays: it has total freedom to links and we need to develop new ways to manage those links. So there are a lot of things to think about when we apply interactivity to teaching.



  1. I agree with your opinion that we should make good use of interactivity in teaching.
    Interaction can have an effect of producing creativity and fun in the teaching process. While at the same time, if it is out of good control, it will not be helpful in the teaching.

    Comment by huihuiwu — March 14, 2007 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  2. I think the idea of interactivity is very good. since there is no interactivity between us, we can not progress in our social and academic life. So, we need to interact more with the people particulary with thoes ones who are academically rich.

    Comment by tahmina — March 29, 2007 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

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