Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch


on September 29, 2013

Wordle: Communities

Dr. Richard Schwier shared his insights into communities and the factors that effect communities development online.
Dr. Schwier points out that we all have a need to connect. I think over at the beginning of twentieth century people connected in small localized pockets that they could travel to and from in day. Today I have the advantage of being able to connect with someone in another part of the world within seconds. The speed which I am able to connect may have increased but I believe the basic principles of community have stayed the same. People continue to use boundaries to help make them feel safe and as they begin to trust others in the community they slowly reveal more about themselves and their believes and practices.

I believe an advantage of participating in a community that stretches beyond the confines of registered course participants is that the authentic connections that are made will continue to support the development of my teaching practices beyond the four months of this course. Teaching can be a lonely experience but with an active Professional Learning Network I will be able to ask for and give the support that is needed.

Until Tuesday I had never realized the support that I could receive from developing a strong, supportive Professional Learning Network.


2 responses to “Community

  1. harmonymc says:

    I agree with you about the long-term connections that can happen as a result of an online community! While our involvement may fade, the network will be in place beyond this term and that’s pretty neat!

  2. Thanks Harmony the connections we make will be amazing.

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