I have been connected to the world at large via the internet most of my working career, and this POT is just a continuation of that. Pedagogy First! is a community; but different, like Claire Major stated “community in an online class is something of a different animal that other kinds of community that we think about as teachers” I agree.
Lisa Lane’s post; she talks about how sometimes a community forms or it doesn’t regardless of whether she as instructor participate welcoming students or not, and Lisa go on to state the level of student success in the forums doesn’t seem affected by which way it goes.
Even in my own experience in college, sometimes a f2f class with the right group would get very social and we would just start working together helping each other with homework , I met my lifelong friends in class in college, but most of my classes even if we had group projects never became a community, but also that never interfered with my level of success in a course.
I always felt I succeeded in class, a low course grade for me only reflected my ability to respond to an exam, not my ability to learn and acquire knowledge. This thinking help me do very well in college.
In this POT I have a sense of community, but again like Claire Major stated , “community of a different animal”; but that does not reflect the level of information and knowledge I have acquired by participating in this POT. I’m participating in this POT for a reason, to expand my knowledge-base; so I do have a level of expectation for community as it relates to supporting community around this POT; a shared goal of participants and teacher to respect this community learning environment.
One of the things I have most appreciated in this POT is the discussions about stating the rules of engagement for your online class, how your class will operate and expectation. Pedagogy First! has given me a good example for that.
I think college online or on-ground the atmosphere should have an expectation of, you are here not because you have to be, but since you’re here you must want to expand your knowledge-base, so participate!
Pilar Hernández said… get in there with the students and engage them, I agree; but who has the biggest burden teacher or student to say if a knowledge transfer happen between a course and a student?