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Teaching and Learning in Digital Dialogue
Transcript of Teaching and Learning in Digital Dialogue
in Digital Dialogue
"The communal aspect of this class was something incredibly unique. "
Daniel Mininger, Student, Fall 2009
Presented by Christopher P. Long
Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Professor of Philosophy
Michigan State University
@cplong | @deancplong
The blog combines the best aspects of both the writing and speaking mediums: it allows us to formulate our thoughts in the clear, well-structured, and concise manner intrinsic to writing ... and yet it also allows us to respond to each other individually ...
Tony Arnold, Student, Fall 2009
A Living Document
Site of Community
Engaging Students through Technology
"I think that with few Athenians, so as not to say the only one, I attempt the political art truly and I alone of those now living do political things ..."
Socrates, Gorgias 521d6-7
Philosophy 200, Penn State
Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fall 2009
Excellences of Writing
Clarity & Precision
Organized toward a Thesis
Excellences of Dialogue
Comfort with Ambiguity
Openness to Difference
Articulate Own Voice
A "social environment ... is truly educative in its effect in the degree to which an individual shares or participates in some conjoint activity."
John Dewey, "Democracy and Education," 26.
"... the learning that is most personally transformative turns out to be the learning that involves membership in ... communities of practice."
Etienne Wenger, "Communities of Practice," 6.
Ongoing, Substantive Writing on the Blog
Weekly Round-up Podcasts
Final Research Paper Old School Style
Assessment 4x per semester, privately
With this blog ... and with the class in general, we don't just go to class, we ARE the class -- we are active participants.
Pam Dorian, Student, Fall 2009
No Assignments Dictated
Continuous Reflection in writing, in public
Cultivate Habit of Blogging
No Number of posts
"What happened on the blog shaped and directed what we spoke about, with relevant comments being brought up and showcased to everyone..."
Jordan Sanford, Student, Fall 2009
Amplify to Emphasize
Weave posts into Classroom
Call on the Reticent
"...I know a few students (myself included) who would vie for their post to be shown."
Marina McCoy, professor at BC
BC Students Comment
PSU Students Welcome
Exposure to different Perspectives
Limits and Possibilities
Diversity of Perspectives
Habits of Response
Anonymity & Responsibility
"But isn't it a lot of work?"
A Different Kind of Work
Teacher as Learner
Always Reading Everywhere
Students are Familiar
Reviewing what was Read
Reinforce Strong Work