Critical connections

The connection economy is changing the way we learn. The concrete classroom, shut off from the outside world, is an inadequate environment for connected learning.
We need to embrace the revolution of the internet by learning how to make critical connections. Critical connections are made when we are willing to think critically and commit to interacting in ways  that are truly open and honest.  Seth Godin asks,

Will I see you tomorrow?
There is no greater indicator of future behavior than the answer to this question.

Fly-by, drive-by, anonymous, see-you-sucker interactions are easy to start, easy to be disappointed by, hard to count on when it comes to civility or a career.

We work to create the alternative. Masks off, snarkiness set aside, committed to long haul. That’s the connection that the connection economy is built on.

How To Teach Online is an open access course—no fees are required to join and participate.  For this course to be successful we emphasize, and are are dependent upon, participant contributions and discussions as a means of exploring how to teach online. Critical connections are what what makes the course a success.  The course is based on three principles.

  1. Building community. How To Teach Online is designed to provide participants with an experience of engagement in an online learning community. Online learning communities develop through critical interaction among participants. Acknowledging, valuing, respecting and accommodating diversity as a combination of similarities and differences plays a central role in fostering and maintaining a learning community based on critical connections.
  2. Playful Learning. During How To Teach Online you are encouraged participate in playful engagement and make learning fun. Playful learning involves participants taking small risks, playing with ideas, keeping an open mind and making critical connections where they are not obvious. Participants are encouraged to express their creativity through developing their ability to challenge, question and explore.
  3. Reflection. A key principle underpinning How To Teach Online is the emphasis on reflection as a learning process. Critical reflection on your own learning helps you to take ownership of your learning process. Articulating your reflections makes your thinking available for comment and feedback.

How To Teach Online
Begins September 2nd, 2013.

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