A Word of Encouragement</li></li></ul><li>Welcome<br /><ul><li>As we set out on a new and unique learning adventure, I’m so pleased you’ve decided to join us.
As we look at the adult learner, realize that our mission is to explore and challenge.
Every one of us has a unique viewpoint and level of expertise
I am excited about you opening up new possibilities and challenging assumptions.</li></li></ul><li>Welcome<br /><ul><li>I’m committed to quality online learning and developing the best learning environment possible.
You have the ability to help create this environment through your continued thoughtful participation and insight throughout this course.
I urge you to see something different and contribute it to our quest for understanding.</li></li></ul><li>Expectations<br /><ul><li>I prefer a relaxed, informal, and fun learning environment.
I want each of you to engage in dynamic learning and feel connected to our online community. This requires being receptive to new ideas, immersion but detachment, agreement to disagree, collaboration, understanding and support for each other.
I urge you to challenge each other gently, and I will present alternative perspectives and ideas and I encourage you to do the same. </li></li></ul><li>Expectations<br />Reach beyond, think creatively<br /><ul><li>Look for another approach or answer
Recognize arguments</li></ul>“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”<br />-T. Roosevelt<br />
Stress and Creativity<br />Let’s take the negative out of learning. Worry, stress, anxiety, and pressure take the creativity out of learning. The number one reason that people do not succeed at a goal is because they never start. The number one reason that they never start is because they talk themselves out of it first ! <br />
Stress and Creativity<br />All of these are self-fulfilling prophecies. These tendencies tend to be more intense online because we are putting our selves in a new place without the comfort of social and emotional support that comes from others. This is new, you are on the frontier. Be proud, be adventurous and realize that change and risk are elements of growth. Move outside your comfort zone and explore. Don’t succumb to the “ A” syndrome. Relax, have fun and don’t let grade anxiety paralyze your learning.<br /><ul><li>“I can’t”
“This will never work because”</li></li></ul><li>What Does the Professor Want?<br />Post early and often.<br />Make sure your responses are of high quality.<br />Be pro active. <br />Ask questions.<br />Post descriptive subject headings.<br />Follow the discussion threads.<br />Discuss, don’t take anyone's answer as the THE answer.<br />Converse and be a virtual ‘007’, check out what everyone has to say.<br />Think non-linearly. This is not a two step process…post…reply post…discuss…and keep discussing!<br />Forget all these and overwhelm me with your creative genius! <br />
Responding<br /><ul><li>I will be in the course room every day and I will read every post. I will not respond to every post however, I prefer to let learners engage in conversations and I will jump in from time to time.
If you have an urgent post mark it URGENT or Read ASAP!
I will provide feedback and encourage you to reach your highest potential. However, the purpose of my feedback is to encourage not limit your learning!
I will assess in accordance with the course outlines.
I will make suggestions and nudge you to do more critical thinking and enhance your work.
If you are an approval junkie and need to know if you are on track…you can always email me. If you don’t hear to the contrary, you are doing just fine.</li></li></ul><li>Responding<br /><ul><li>Each week is a new and different learning experience. Here are four general types of response you can expect from me:</li></ul>Individual<br />Reflective <br />Private “For Your Eyes Only”<br />Summaries<br /><ul><li>If you have and questions or concerns, contact me. That is why I am here, to help you learn.</li></li></ul><li>Participation<br /><ul><li>You’re excepted to participate on a weekly basis by:
Follow them</li></li></ul><li>A Word of Encouragement<br />“ Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can ever go wrong.”<br />- Ella Fitzgerald<br />