This presentation was developed for a panel entitled “Engaging with New Technologies” at the 2010 Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.
The panel included Nancy Hancock, Peter Bradley, Betsy Decyk, John Immerwahr and me, all pictured here on the right.
The panel discussion ranged from the use of clickers in the classroom to the future of textbooks, to wikis and, of course, my presentation on using blogs to cultivate communities of learning.
Below is a screencast of the presentation I gave at the session. It captures something of the structure and dynamic of my PHIL200 course.
Daniel Mininger, Student, Fall 2009
“The communal aspect of this class was something incredibly unique.” He continues: “In
very few other classes do I even know four other people’s names. In
this class I knew almost everyone’s name and the way they approached
Socrates in the Gorgias
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;” He continues: “…for it is not with a view to gratification that I speak the speeches I speak on each occasion, but with a view to the best…” (521d6-9)
Tony Arnold, Student, Fall 2009
“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
A “social environment … is truly educative in its effect in the degree to which an individual shares or participates in some conjoint activity” (Democracy and Education, 26)
… the learning that is most personally transformative turns out to be the learning that involves membership in … communities of practice” (Communities of Practice, 6).
Relinquish Control, Empower Engagement
Pam Dorian, Student, Fall 2009
“With this blog … and with the class in general, we don’t just go to class, we ARE the class – we are active participants.”
Jordan Sanford, Student, Fall 2009
“What happened on the blog shaped and directed the what we spoke about,
with relevant comments being brought up and showcased to everyone.”
“… I know a few students (myself included) who would vie for their post to
Ed Mily, Student, Fall 2009
“Coming from an engineering curriculum … I’ll admit I wasn’t used to the online dialogue and the
free flow of class.“
The quotation continues this way: “I’m more used to a this is the answer and it will
always be the answer type of class. Just regurgitation of facts is what I
was molded to become accustomed to, and that is not what this class is.
This class has been a breath of fresh air in my academic career, albeit
challenging, it has made me think with a different perspective than I’m
used to, and this is among other reasons is why I’d recommend this
course to others.”
Limits and Possibilities of Openness
Cody Yashinsky, Student, Fall 2009
“He is not interested in engaging with us in a constructive way, as made
evident by his use of language, ad hominem attacks …”