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1/ We need to talk about how we talk about online teaching 🗣️. Some loosely threaded thoughts 👇
2/ Teaching happens in a space. That space can be online or “on ground”. “On ground” is a great phrase they use in @ASU. I like it because it shifts the language away from “on campus” which infers a type of primacy on that modality.
3/ Ditch "virtual" classrooms. “Virtual” says not-real. Online learning is real. And it can be really good (even better than the real thing). Say “live online classroom”.
4/ “Live” makes you sound like a rock-star. Which you are. All the passion, expertise and pure grá you have for teaching still applies online. You bring that with you. You don’t lose that stuff in a different space.
5/ See David Byrne - How Architecture Helped Music Evolve Cathedrals are acoustically designed for choral music but you can’t play an electric guitar in one. Hip hop sounds great blaring from a car stereo.
5/ Online can be intimate, personal, anonymous. You can create great teaching spaces there.
Asynchronous is robust, reliable, and reflective. Synchronous is exciting, interactive and falls over.
6/ Beware of dualism: Tech v pedagogy, online v face to face. Do we say meetings are better than email? Nope, we use both in a mix, a blend. Think about what blended really means. Is it mixing paints on a pallet? Or designing a dish? Is it what you put in or what you leave out?
7/ Less is more. Remember the power of non-action of not-doing. Keep it simple, beautiful and human. Good luck you can do it!
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