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Image - World - Image

Author: joe

Friday, 06 November, 2009 - 20:39

The pinned stars in the sky are the reflections. The genuine stellar light shines and glints on the water.

The immaterial face in the mirror is the true identity. The flesh and blood before the glass is the hallucination.

The imaginary world is the only authentic experience. The material facts of existence are merely the simulacrum.

Categories: image, world, reflection, idealism,
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Reflective pedagogic practice

Author: joe

Tuesday, 10 October, 2006 - 21:53

...is a big way of saying that it pays to stand back and think about what you're doing when you're teaching - or more properly - creating environments in which people learn.

I recently started as tutor on a brand new MA course at BMS, which is delivered entirely online. The course is work-based, so the students are all professionals in their field, using their professional practice as a vehicle for reflection, learning and development.

Since everything happens online, I've been thinking quite hard about how to approach it. Normally when I'm in a forum, I can be quite argumentative and provocative, and I particularly like trolling people for reactions. Yes, I know, I'm a child. When I read /. I go for the funny comments, by and large.

However, as a tutor in an online environment, I'm trying very hard to hold back, so I don't end up dominating conversation, or closing off conversations with statements that mark closure rather than aperture. Poor me, having to engage in rational-critical discourse, eh? Which of course makes me wonder whether I oughtn't to do that in the other online environments I visit...

In f2f teaching, I found it fairly easy to develop a practice of balancing tutor-led activity with creating spaces in which learners can argue, conjecture, discuss and explore - but of course a lot of that is mediated by body-language, tone of voice, and physical presences.

More significantly, though, it has made me think hard about how and why I write at all. For me writing is transformative, because it is often how I actualise my understanding of something. Putting something into words changes it from a nebulous idea to a concrete perspective, even if the perspective is subject to constant shift thereafter. Hence I realise my writing style has become very positive, statement-based and argument-driven.

So, all in all, I guess standing back and forcing myself to be more reflective is probably, um, a good thing. No, hang on, that's not right: is it not a good thing that I am standing back and forcing myself to be more reflective? Mmmm, maybe need more work on that :)

Categories: e-learning, reflection, teaching,
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