In this week’s session we continue to explore the ways in which the networked web enables previously unimagined communities of practice and how this impacts us as learners and educators. This past Saturday many of you had the opportunity to participate in the Classroom 2.0 Live! session with scores of educators from around the world as we learned about the upcoming Global Education Conference. In last week’s post you all raised provocative questions about the teacher/student role, how to assess and validate online resources and the extent to which this new environment may change the ways in which we relate to each other and our environs.
Given your experiences thus far, did Michael Wesch’s The Machine is Us/ing Us resonate with you and if so, how?
If it is true that our roles as educators and scholars are changing, with its attendant focus on new modes of scholarly authority and student engagement, what kinds of opportunities and challenges might these emerging technologies present to you as young scholars and educators?
During our face-to-face session I’m going to ask you to work in pairs to explore various open content resources and then give a short in-class presentation on your finds à la Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About series, for example:
- what it is
- how it works
- why it matters for teaching and learning
This will be in preparation for next week’s session in Elluminate where we continue our conversation about trends in higher education.