Taking a break from Potcert13 until I can determine what role to play in the course. Not being a teacher in a course for teachers is a bit of a stretch but I can usually fake my way through things like the last 6 years without a job description in the ID department at a small college.
Except… while there are times when being unaffiliated with any known description, there are also times and places (virtually all times and all places) when the freedom to follow paths unlabeled leaves people unable to know what to do with you. And this can extend to your being found to be of no particular use. And, and that works backwards too, but never mind.
The difficulties I’m having with Potcert? I’m not a well-directed learner and have no qualifications that would allow others to excuse that condition based on past performance as the world’s most directed and ruthlessly efficient learning machine ever known. Second, while I’m fascinated with how the human brain makes use of digital pen/tablet combinations, smart boards and other techno-gadgets, the actual surface functionalities do not interest me.
Third difficulty is simply a lack of purpose. There’s nothing for me to teach and no outcome I can demonstrate. My response to education is emotional and I never really understood how it works anyway.
One important thing is the question of participation. Online learning seems to require a level of self-surrender or purposeful recognition of value to what you are doing. In a classroom, you don’t need to BE a student really, just a member of the herd fenced into that particular corral makes you a student. Online, and often alone at your computer, there’s a deliberation involved in presenting into the void this “I am a student” thing that people at the other end should not be sloppy with.