Teaching Empathy and Our Moral Imperative

While it doesn’t relate directly to my practice, I found Moran’s comments about teaching empathy in Modern Learners (Richardson, 2017) very interesting. In my previous blog post I talked about developing the ability to learn in students. My general goal is to produce students who can keep up to date on technology trends and navigate changing practices.

However, teaching students how to navigate an evolving technology is only one part of the problem. Students need to have an awareness of the results of their actions especially if these actions are taking place within other communities. The summer projects that Moran was talking about prompted students to tackle a problem for someone else rather than themselves. I love the idea, and I think it would be a great idea to translate into a digital pedagogy.

When working in social networks, student may not feel a direct effect of their actions because occasionally there is no feedback. But by integrating digital tools with a project that is for the benefit of another person or community, we can help students see the full effect of their online actions. What would a project like this look like? I’m not sure yet. But whatever it is, it would need to allow the student to follow their actions and see outcomes either remotely or digitally. Increasingly, it should become part of our moral imperative to develop empathy in something we cannot directly see.



Richardson, W. (2017). Developing a culture of yes with Pam Moran. Modern Learners. [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://modernlearners.com/pam-moran/


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