For many people, an essential component of learning is ‘community’. That’s certainly the case for John Green, who presented a talk at TEDxIndianapolis entitled ‘The nerd’s guide to learning everything online‘. He describes how YouTube videos have enabled him to engage in a learning community, which has encouraged him ‘to continue to be a learner even in my adulthood, so that I no longer feel like learning is something reserved for the young’. Watch the full video below, if you’re interested in following up on those ideas.
When teachers engage their students in online learning, it’s important that they too think about how they can foster a learning community. Students need to build up a sense of community in the virtual space that the teacher nominates, in order to get the most out of the learning experience. That’s why the main aim of this first post is just for us to get to know each other.
Please respond to this post by leaving a comment and introducing yourself (whatever you feel comfortable sharing in a public online space like this one). Please relate: 1) one interesting experience that you have had with new technologies; 2) one question about new technologies that you would like to have answered on this course.
After posting your own comment, you can respond to someone else. Do you think that you have the answer to their question? Remember to be constructive in your comments and critique.