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domingo, febrero 05, 2006

It is very interesting to convey experientially what is being said in theory. 

I am reviewing the learning experience that we had last year for 13 weeks at the Learning Times virtual classroom. Some webheads joined a group of teachers in Venezuela who under Doris’ tutelage explored the technology of the Illuminate software and the curriculum of “The Learning Classroom”.

Not only is the concept of presence and interaction crucial for the style of online teaching that we are now familiar with, but in practice to follow an ideology of participation and “construction” of knowledge… (or is it constructivism?). The interesting common thread is the exploration. It is amazing to join strangers in new environments and be able to convey the hope to reach the platforms’ potential for spontaneous and hands on exploration. So far the platform allows for some limited sense of participation and we might be able to convey some level of dynamism.

In addition to the platform and the content, the procedure also follows a dominant ideology. So the fact that we are able to have access to the full features of the platform itself is fortunate. Initially, the expectation was for us to “lecture” about our participatory and interactive experience.
It remains to be fully addressed the extent to which order and “civility” is a function of culture, and how the emergence of a virtual culture is seen evidenced. This experience is definitely illuminating!

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Comments:
Karen

First of all, thank you for linking to my blog. I appreciate your support.

I love the last paragraph of this posting: "the emergence of virtual culture." I believe this is the frontier of a new kind of consciousness... and you are surely at that edge.

I am also excited because, for the first time, I will be in Puerto Rico -- the week after next -- and eventhough I will be there for only a short time doing some training for the National Park Service, I hope to get a feel for a distinctly new envornment. Ahhh, synchronicity!

Best to you

Dan
 
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