Qualms about openness

I was reading Kevin’s post (http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/09/30/when-trust-gets-breached-repairs-may-be-impossible/) this morning and it really pinpointed one of my concerns in bringing an open online component into the Freshman course I teach. I do worry about creating an open space that could have the potential to impact the students later.  If I require them to participate how do I ensure that what they create only reflects positively on them later without rendering the experience meaningless? It may be that I worry to much about it and that the students are more capable of protecting and projecting their own online identities than I think but I’d rather not have an experience where I lost the student’s trust in me.

2 thoughts on “Qualms about openness

  1. Ann

    I have the same qualms about first year grad students. What they share on Blackboard is sometimes so self revealing. I worry about the loss of the depth.

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