by Elizabeth Childs.  

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday! There's been very many good posts this week in response to the  prompt in the course to think about Martin's writing and to apply it to your own contexts. I am really enjoying reading through your blog posts and seeing the connections you are making with each other’s blogs and the questions you are posing of each other to extend our collective thinking as we work through Weller’s book. The conversations are spanning many topics and references to Tannis Morgan’s probing questions of “who is connecting and who is not” (in the serialized version of Weller’s book) which bring up the topics of access, privilege, which also surface in the discussion of LMS’s and e-portfolio’s as we see in several posts.

It's important to highlight that many of these conversations recognize that pedagogy is an integral part of our conversation and point to how particular pedagogies often shape how we use new technologies. We'll be touching upon this in Unit 2 in a bit more detail, but for now it may be worth reflecting where you stand: Are you seeing technology as a force that changes education? Or, are you seeing education (pedagogy included) shaping how we use particular technologies? All good questions to ponder as we dig deeper in this course.

What does this week look like and what are its deliverables?

This week we will be wrapping up our reading of Weller. However, because there's a number of other items due, I avoided asking you to respond to the readings for the last part of the book. In chronological order, this week involves the following:

  • Tuesday to Thursday:
    • We are hosting an RRU librarian, who will join the Ask a Librarian Moodle forum to post resources and answer any questions you may have. You can post questions in response to resources shared, or any questions you may have that may be helpful to you for assignments 2 or 3.
  • Friday at 9am pacific or Saturday at 10am pacific:
  • Sunday September 17th
    • Assignment 1 is due. If you do have questions for the librarian about how to conduct background research on people you would like to write about, feel free to ask those this week (see bullet point above)

Looking ahead, we move into Unit 2 next week (week of Sept 18th) where we will dive into key debates in the field. In Unit 2 you will work in pairs so you are asked in the first week of Unit 2 to please identify your partner and you can use this google doc to do so and some of you already have – that’s great!. For those of you who are looking ahead to Assignment 2 you will see you need to pair up and seek approval for your topic by dropping me a note.  


Okay, I think that is about it from me this week. Back to reading your blogs, posting and of course, getting ready for our live Book Club discussions. I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it in the live sessions on either Friday or Saturday (whichever works for you)! As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Have a great start to your week and we will speak soon.