Webheads in EVOnline 2003
How Participation in a Community of Practice Informs and Influences the Participants' Personal Teaching Practices
Week 5: Mon Feb 17 to Sun Feb 23
Answers to Scott's Questions
begin with, I would like to welcome you all and other viewers to Week
5. I would like to welcome Scott to WIA
and thank him for raising these questions.
Q (1): How does a teacher bring about transformation from f2f to online teaching?
Regarding other obstacles and issues I encountered, some were technical,
while others were cultural. If we are to address this issue, Scott, I
believe that there will be always obstacles; some are controllable while
others are not. An example of a technical one, I was exposed to
a hacking attack by a student, who hacked my email accounts and a website
I use to communicate with my students. This has caused frustration and
dela y to the growth of my teaching and learning process. If you
are interested in hearing more about the cultural obstacles, I take this
chance here to invite you and all the other warheads to my first live
discussion, to explore more and exchange ideas on this issue. You can
check the day and time on Week 5 portal page.
A: On making the move, seriously, is when I realized that being a member in WiA means professional security, in the sense that I know now I have a precious “treasure” of knowledge which I can refer to whenever I need help or feedback. The mutual trust and respect that govern the WIA cyberspace are major factors also in making the move. On-line teaching remains a future target that I’m learning here right now, by following the method and approaches used by Vance Stevens, our group leader and “facilitator”, who humbly facilitates things and challenges you in a way that makes you realize and correct your mistakes and errors by yourself, simply and quietly, using a student-centered approach that makes you feel so good about yourself, as the “discoverer”. It’s the secret that prevents us/me from leaving WIA, and always pushes us to look for something new to learn.
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