I don’t think I am a beginner in online learning or pedagogy online or otherwise, but when I look at the questions in the questionnaire I am reminded of how little I know. Or at least how much more I need to know.
Part of me wants to fall back on the most simplistic quotes and metaphors I have for schooling and teaching/learning.
While design/sequence/assessment are portions of the pie, I am more likely to just say things like, “Never do for a child what they can do for themselves,” or something that in many ways contradicts some or the more carefully planned strategies we typically utilize in academic settings. I suppose I see the role of the instructor as one of an “armed voyeur.” You watch and see where you can leverage the actions others are already moving with. That is kinda like Aikido too. Use the movement of others to control them….
I guess you can see that my point total on the survey was pretty low. Like 9. And that is funny because I think that many of my students, like my wife and kids, would say I am a control freak. And I am.
My dad would always tell me that I would get all the rope I needed to hang myself and that when that happened, it would be clear that I could only blame myself. I think that runs through my teaching strategies as well. I can create a space that has the needed resources ( including humans) to learn things in, but once there, it is up to the student to find the path and make the mistakes and have successes.
“You can lead a horse to water,” and all that is pretty evident in how I think about schooling. That does not mean that you can’t, as the rancher or teacher, create situations that might assist the drinking. Like horses that have recently been running a lot are perhaps more likely to drink that those that are already well-hydrated. That is a middle school strategy… Laughing.
I see classrooms as tools, and teachers as tools, and all the stuff inside and out as tools and opportunities to be used intelligently in any learning situations. One of my pet peeves with online structures and email is that we seem to have sort of skipped the amazingness of the telephone in favor of email. I get that the tool called the telephone can he difficult when a student (or teacher in my case) calls at 8:12 in the evening, but you know, I can choose to answer or not and it is that choice that makes the tool really powerful. Not to mention that I can often answer the question in less than a minute whereas email would take hours of “space time” where nothing happens. The emails just sit there in inboxes, waiting…..