Learning in the Open: Faculty and Student Perspectives of blogging to Support Reflective PracticePresentation Transcript
Sarah Southall & Jeff Nugent Virginia Commonwealth University Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, D.C. 2-5 June 2011
Discuss +/- of teaching and learning on the open web
Identify web-based tools to support critical reflection
Describe practices of an emerging participatory culture
What challenges and opportunities do you see for teaching and learning on the open web?
EDUC 450 – Principles of Instruction & Curriculum in Elementary Education
Teacher Identity themes include:
Personal identity examples:
“ Everyone says that Partnership is the hardest semester of your college career, and that is definitely right so far. There is a lot of work, not difficult, but takes a large amount of time, and then we basically have a job at the same time. It is hard to keep up with yourself and friends when all of this is going on.
“ My first few weeks have been stressful, getting into a set schedule, getting to know my cooperating class, and balancing time between homework and friends.”
Situated identity examples:
“ I have been in the classroom for four weeks now! I have most of the students’ names memorized and they really seem to notice. ”
“ M y kindergartners have made so much progress. When I first started, many of them could not write a single letter and had [few] word concepts. Now they can write sentences and have very few mistakes. ”
Professional identity examples:
“ I have learned that caring is one of the most important things when it comes to teaching children. The SOLs are very important , but if you don’t care about what you are teaching and the students, then you are setting yourself and your students up for failure. ”
“ I have taught/lead multiple lessons in my classroom, and the students are responding to me really well. I am surprised at myself for not getting nervous when teaching them, and being confident presenting material and implementing the classroom rules . ”
Provides space for reflection and dialog.
Allows for active engagement within an open framework.
What is the long-term impact of blog use in teacher education?
Notion of privacy vs. openness on the web.
Technological and Reflective abilities vary.
In a face-to-face course, where does this fit within the overall course framework?
GRAD 602 – Teaching, Learning and Technology in Higher Education
Part of Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program
General interest in ways future faculty engage in new media environments
Learning Journal (blog) functioned as space for reflection & dialogue
Build community of practice & networked conversations
Students initially harbor hesitation about publishing their ideas on the open web.
Students find that participation in new media environments is very time consuming.
Writing on the open web becomes more valuable to students as they experience enhanced learning.
Blogging on the open web provides future faculty with the chance to “try on” new publishing opportunities.
Few students saw the practice of academic blogging as a scholarly activity.