Place

Forgot to include this on my last posting.

Over the concerns of Learning Management Systems constraining our ability to present / and receive in a diversity of learning or knowing styles is the concern over dispersion of “voice” across too many platforms. For instance, this blog in a sense feels like an isolation cell. Fine that I get to express myself as I please but what does that mean? What part of anything I say is actually alive and responsive to the thoughts or being of others?

To explain. Where I work my role or “place” is completely marginal. No one asks me what I think (outside of when I think my current project will be done) and I don’t even have a job description. (To be fair, I’ve been requested to provide a job description as what I do is considered essential enough to hire another me–which is weird).

The second meaning of place comes from the psychological need to locate oneself in some sort physical location and how a classroom can enclose, protect, act as a stage and mostly be a meeting place. As someone who helps build online courses I should likely be a whole hearted advocate and not be pining for the classroom–except I do.

It’s lonely being a distance student and not all of us are in the position to attend classroom based courses. So how do we make our online classes seem like a place where students can reach beyond their virtual selves and touch the real?

Reference: “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle MIT, Basic Books

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