I found myself engaged in a live recorded hangout with Connected Courses today… I had expected to do my usual lurking but instead became a co-learner. I was surprised as the leaders of the conversation discussed their own vulnerability when putting their work “out there” for public consumption and critique. The connected experience of circulating your ideas can be unnerving.
Why do this? Why convince the faculty I work with that this connected experience is that valuable? What is the gain for students? The people who have been teaching in an openly networked vulnerable learning space tell me it’s fascinating, amazing, rewarding and certainly worth the possibility of failing in public. Their message is that our students deserve having professors willing to be co-learners in this open conversation. They convinced me.