+Alan Levine 's blog on Connected Courses "All about the do." and there is much here that I absolutely agree with.
I particularly agree with my being in a "creative dimension" of my own.
This is of course no news to me (or to my poor family and friends, who have to ask questions like: 'What the hell is he up to now?' - Generally met with a grin and a shrug of my shoulders.)
What is news is that other people recognise me being in another creative dimension and that appears welcomed.
Thank you Alan for the flower. I take it as a flower. If it is not a flower, it is too late to change anything now.
I shall make do.
I would however like to be able to do more than receive flowers from Alan, nice that that is.
Once we have sent each other flowers on #rhizo14, #clmooc, #ccourses, studied with Gardner and become terribly learned, made new friends, come up with the odd wacky digital artefact for #ds106 for life, there comes, for me at least, a killer question:
Are we connecting to get fodder before returning to our disconnected rabbit holes?
Are we connecting to continue with the flower arranging, digital masterpieces, studying?
Are we connecting to justify the expenditure of a foundation's investment in a project?
Are we researching so as to become terribly senior as academics?
Constraints and opportunities
Leading change from below is I believe the only way to transform education.
Often, people leading change in their institutions are marginal and lack resources.
Often moral support is essential to keep people plodding on.
Often such people could benefit from technical/pedagogical support.(example Alan can fix a hangout date please? - That is not just an example :-).
Such support is generously offered and received...
We learn much from watching people developing, through their blogging, from their sharing of vulnerability. We learn less from what we might consider 'best practices', which might appear unattainable practices for our context.
I teach 22 hours per week with my colleague over 400 students to learn a foreign language 2 hours per week, I am developing CLAVIER, I am working with over 20 colleagues in 11 different countries, there are more than 1000 students connecting a little or a lot.
We are making it. We are making it happen.
We could do with:
1) financial support - so as to have a little more time to do research/to to professional development
2) some technical support - to develop a platform similar to Connected Courses site in some respects
3) time to share our experiences, to include more people/institutions
Everything that we do is connected to one aim.
What about a #ccourses nursery to nurture associated connected courses?
I shall make do
Blogging is a little hobby I have.