Here we are at the start of a new semester. I can honestly say that I can’t remember a semester anything like this one: the road ahead looks a little bumpy with our enforced adoption of real-time online and interactive learning but, at the same time, what an interesting opportunity that presents for a course on new literacies and language learning! If we work together, we stand to learn a lot about the hows and whys of distance learning.
Which brings me to the main point. As Graham Stanley points out in his book Language Learning with Technology, for online learning to work effectively, it’s important to build the right kind of supportive learning community. A good learning community is one that has a sense of team spirit, where the participants have a healthy respect for one another and can take up a range of mentoring roles, becoming teachers as well as learners.
That’s why this first post is all about learning more about 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.
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