“The Commons”: The Importance of Talking Out of Turn

(This post is part of a series called “The Connected Class Community”).  One essential part of human communities has always been a central meeting place– a location where the community comes to engage in conversations that are bigger than one-on-one interactions can offer. I call this space The Commons and …

“The Library”: Surrounding Students with a Wealth of Information

(This post is part of a series on online learning communities called “The Connected Class Community”). The purpose of these posts is to explore the vital components of an online learning community using abstract, timeless qualities.  For most of human history, information was stored in books, copied by hand, guarded …

The Connected Class Community [C3]: An Approach to Online Course Design

  Our university is evaluating Learning Management Systems right now, and comparing the features of Blackboard 9.1, MoodleRooms Joule, and Instructure‘s Canvas LMS has forced me to think about basic tools in online learning. Which tools do we need and which are just niceties? [Or worse– impediments to high quality …