A few weeks back, I had the honor of facilitating a wonderful conversation with Dr. Julia Balen about ‘Teaching in a Connected Age.’ We decided to host this conversation as a way to expand the ongoing conversations taking place at CI about how the role of faculty changes when digital tools and mobile devices become a staple in the learning experience. We steered clear of the conversation about online or blended education. Instead, we focused on what happens when we teach students that are easily connected to people and knowledge 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We aimed to take a closer look at how this connectedness might impact how we work and teach. Wow, what a conversation it was. We ended up discussing how we can harness and support connectedness in order to facilitate authentic learning. Wonderful ideas were brought up about the benefits of authentic writing in a public space and how supporting connectedness and sharing has the potential to facilitate learning for students on the boundaries of success. I have shared a few of the resources below that were used in our discussion or that grew out of the conversation.
We look forward to keeping the conversation going and sharing ideas at our next discussion. I hope you will join us for the 2nd ‘Teaching in a Connected Age’ discussion on November 5th at 5:00 in the FIT studio 1201 Solano. If you aren’t on campus, but would like to join send one of us an email and we can bring you in via video conference, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.