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23 Roles of The 21st Century Educator

The roles of educators have been radically changed. From the sage on the stage to the facilitator and coordinator, teachers have been at the center of a paradigmatic shift that flickers between two instructional environments: student-centered and teacher centered.


It is obvious now that the way instruction is delivered in classrooms is completely different from how it was done in the past. Part of this change is instigated by the massive uptake of digital media and its sweeping encroachment into every facet of our life. The increasing digitization of life have brought about some new learning habits that are more independent and self centered. It has also opened the gates of knowledge and provided unrestricted access to it . 

This democratization of knowledge and the  ubiquity of connectivity played its part in changing the roles of teachers. Stephen Downes put forward in the mind map below some of the salient roles educators and teachers now assume in the 21st century education. Check them out below and as always share with us what you think of them.



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  1. It would be interesing to create a survey that will ask the respondents to give a percentage of each of the roles in her/his particular case.

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