How to teach and connect in online, networked learning spaces

How to teach and connect in online, networked learning spaces

Over the past three years we’ve been building and iterating on an open-learning, open-research, and open-publishing educational experience. In The #WalkMyWorld Project we’ve been encouraging people to get online, create, share, and connect with others around a hashtag (#WalkMyWorld).

Last week get got started with a pre-learning event to get people online, and get the connections and tools fired up. This week we got started with Learning Event One (#LE1). You’ll soon see participants around the globe creating, sharing, and connecting all on the #WalkMyWorld hashtag.

What are they learning?

We spend a lot of time speaking and writing about the #WalkMyWorld Project, and many times this serves to just confuse people. In the end, it’s a network of learners online exploring how to play, make, and share content using digital texts and tools. The theme might change from year to year. But, in the end we’re working to get you to make, play, and break things using digital content. Share this out online with others. Reflect and let us know what you learned.

Why are they learning this?

Most of our participants are educators from Pre-K up through higher ed. All participants recognize the fact that the Internet is the dominant text of our generation. We’re trying to identify ways to learn and connect in a networked learning space.

In Pre-K through 12, there are many questions (and little guidance) about how to scaffold students in online, or hybrid spaces. In higher ed, there is even less guidance. Most times instructors in Pre-K through higher ed indicate the use of an LMS (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle) or the inclusion of PPT in classrooms as an example of using technology in instruction. There has to be a better way.

Why should I do this?

This is for you if you want to learn how to make better use of technology in instruction.

This is for you if you want to identify ways to build your own digital identity.

This is for you if you want to explore new opportunities to enable your students as self-learners.

This is for you if you want to connect with others online that are asking the same questions.

In the #WalkMYWorld Project, you’ve got a collaborative team of experts from around the globe that are openly experimenting with teaching and learning in online spaces, using digital texts and tools. This is a guided tour of the ways in which you can create, share, and connect online. We’re exploring and iterating online to answer these questions collaboratively.

How do I get started?

The #WalkMyWorld Project typically contains 10 Learning Events. We roll these out one per week. You may look at your schedule and immediately think, “I ain’t got time for that.”giphyThe reason we roll it out over that schedule is to give you time to think, make, and reflect during your week. We know you’re all very busy. We launch the new LEs on Sunday afternoons. This gives you time to think about the new activity for the week…and figure out when and how to connect.

If you want to get started and join us, I recommend the following:

  • Go directly to the Start Walking page on the website and see what we’re currently working on. Start with the first Learning Event and work your way down.
  • Search online, specifically Twitter for the hashtag #WalkMyWorld. Scroll through and see what people are making and sharing.
  • Get started. Start up a website or blog if you don’t already have one. Start with the first Learning Event from that Start Walking page and start building and sharing.

This is something that you’ve been meaning to do. Now go out there, experiment, and have fun.


 

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