It’s good to be home, the weather has been sunny, and other than the chaos of returning to a full desk and some unexpected home maintenance, things are back to normal.
In contrast the material for Week 2 has been new and refreshing. I loved the Alec Couros video, especially the “attack ad”. Storytelling the benefits of online teaching and learn seems to be the best way to encourage non-adopters to give it a try. We need to provide safe and interesting ways for them to do so that provide immediate benefits.
Speaking of immediate benefits, the explanation of the “next” button that loads up the actual sites that are aggregated in Google Reader was a wonderful find. I’ve resisted using Reader much because I felt that I lost so much “serendipitous” content (comments, link widgets on the blog etc.) This is truly the best of both worlds-I’ve gotten to see all the blogs in the class and stay up to date on reading them.
Ko and Rossen was an enjoyable read-I’m typically confronted here with individuals who want orientations and training to be done all F2F or all online. While blended learning is seen as ok for longer academic courses and programs, few have been open to it in the context of training staff to incorporate new technologies or processes.
After reading the text, I’m convinced that it’s the best way to do change management-by providing a combination of time together (both online and in person) and individual online resources, staff can find their own path to “get it”. Those who want to investigate in a more in-depth way aren’t constrained by a training format and those who need ongoing encouragement and support can provide it to one another.
It’s been a good week.