Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Getting Started in Change2011

I am participating in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Change 2011 (#change11) through the Georgia Institute of Technology - it's free! I have signed up for more social media sites in one hour than I have in the last two years.  Twitter, Blogger, and Delicious - here I come! My postings will chronicle and share my reflections as I participate in the course. I hope to define goals and ideas related to how Alverno College (where I am an Assistant Professor of Biology), and I personally, can contribute to the change occurring in education. Alverno College has been changing ideas about education since the 1970's when we instituted an ability-based curriculum that relies on student performances and narrative feedback, not grades. We can't rely too much on our past innovations, but must continue to innovate and evolve with society! And that is my goal - to evolve my teaching practice lest I become extinct. That sounds so cliche, but I think it is true.