I’m still thinking a lot about being outside in the classroom – I want a safe learning space that encourages debate but doesn’t marginalize. My interest areas in online environments for adults make me ask questions about that as a safe environment. Is blended better than only online?
Blended learning – if you marginalize people in the classroom is there any reason you will respect them virtually? Research shows a bully culture in academia, anecdotally we hear about bullies online – perhaps creating the space is harder.
An ICT Transformative Learning Theory (thank you Dr. Bowles) can open up these spaces for exploration – but the theory and the subsequent practice must address the learning space, the culture – it must respect the learner. Cultural Geographer Donald Meinig discusses “10 versions of the same scene” and I want to explore our online spaces through these multiple versions. In a way that makes a challenging, safe, reflexive learning environment for students and teachers.
I want the outsiders to have a space where they can learn without sacrificing who they are.