I’ve decided to use the forthcoming Connected Courses programme as an excuse to finally get this blog up and running.
I was first introduced to this course via the wonderful people over at HASTAC. Connected Courses aims to become a collaborative network of faculty in higher education developing online, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web. This semester’s course focuses on different ways to developing and teaching connected courses.
Although I am not teaching at present, this is a topic I have increasingly become interested in and I’m hoping that by working through the materials presented on this course I will be able to begin thinking about the kinds of pedagogical and methodological issues I need to consider when it does (hopefully!) come time to starting teaching my own courses again.
I listened-in on pre-course GoogleHangout and found the discussions around blogging as a valuable tool in learning how to narrate your thinking particularly useful. One of the pre-course facilitators linked to this great piece on narrating your work, and discussed the need for an ongoing commitment to sharing what you’re thinking and learning throughout the course (and in your research and blogging more broadly). This has really motivated me to start thinking about how I can better narrate my own research processes and ensure that I explain the thinking behind my future work, eg., how was this particular tool/visualisation/representation created? What thinking went into the processes behind its development/construction? How might it potentially be improved/remixed given enough time?
I also want to share this great piece on risk literacy that has been circulating around the twitter hashtag for the course (#ccourses) as it raises lots of important issues (especially for courses which include an increasingly digital/online element).
I’m not sure at this stage how much time I’ll be able to give over to the course to ensure I’m actively involved in the discussions or whether I’ll be more of a lurker that occasionally emerges to offer insight before disappearing back into the murky depths. Either way, I’m excited to see where this course might lead me in helping develop my future teaching practices and thinking.
Hey, it’s already proved worthwhile, if only because it forced me to finally get this blog up and running, right?