October 1st, 2011
Lead: Betsy Hansel
Summary: “Fundamentally, when we teach, we are teaching culture.”
Education is how each culture brings its values to the next generation. Our shared assumptions about what is important to know are the subjects we teach, and our shared beliefs about what methods of teaching work best constitute the accepted pedagogy of our society. How we express ourselves online is guided by those with whom we most frequently interact online. None of these assumptions, beliefs, or habits is universal and all must be negotiated among the partners jointly designing and teaching the online components of the COIL courses.
During this afternoon session, you will review and revise your goals for the course and work with a survey by Parrish and Linder-VanBerschot. The survey is designed to make explicit some of the cultural assumptions that we may have implicitly, and thus provide a framework for understanding where you and your partners may strongly prefer different approaches to online teaching and teaching in general.