Thought since I’m off work for a few weeks posting early was a good idea.
Have to admit to falling behind on the readings–a lifetime of never doing as I’m told has its effects even in courses I WANT to be in (like this one). And then there’s the little irritant of spending all day editing what are considered “popular” and “properly structured” courses that I find stupefyingly boring and why would I want to do this for a living? Except it IS what I do for a living, which is sort of (sad).
But not all is lost! I have an assignment when I go back to work involving taking a course in moving to online course work and teaching. Yes, just like this one except not as good. The official idea is our instructional staff are mostly dragging their heels on the move to online and somehow taking a course recommended by upper admin will somehow change this situation.
Well…a lot of politics and resistance here. Opportunity too. So rather than fool around reporting on yet another Professional Development “opportunity” that goes into the mental shredder, maybe I can start building a course in online teaching and design that makes no claim to proper anything?
To start, we can begin with the 4 questions below. 3 less than the 7 we were assigned to read about which is convenient and efficient, which seems to be important these days when kids are expected to be job-ready by the age of six.
I’ll take my cue from question 4. Why do we complicate people’s lives by ordering them to change and then dumping a bunch of requirements on the character and methods by which they are to change? Is there some sort of motivator hidden in in asking for input and then telling everyone to shut-up? What sort of complication draws cooperation as opposed to creating a barrier to cooperation?
From Stephen Downes: OL Daily mail out http://www.downes.ca/
PKM and Innovation
Harold Jarche, Weblog, September 25, 2012.
Harold Jarche writes: In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit:
• Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer?
• Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to new ways of thinking.
• Observing: Watching the world around them for surprising stimuli.
• Experimenting: Consciously complicating their lives by trying new things or going to new places.