Do I have a responsibility to give as much as I take online?
This is a question I have been asking myself since listening to the Participatory open Panel discussion with Dave Cormier, Lawrie Phipps, and Bonnie Stewart. In discussions with a cohort member this week, we shared our feelings of contribution inadequacy, and the looming fear of having ‘nothing to offer’ to the web. This puts me specifically in a position of taking lots, and giving very little. In reflecting on the question posed about ‘pulling back from participating in the web’ (Phipps, L. 2019), I’ve come to realize that I have pulled back from ‘leaving a trace’ in open digital spaces because of this fear. Overcoming these feelings of apprehension are a goal I have for this year. I want to help build a web that I am proud to be a part of (Cormier, D. 2019).
An additional reading that was of particular interest to me, was Critical Inquiry in a Text-Based Environment: Computer Conferencing in Higher Education by D. Randy Garrison, Terry Anderson, and Walter Archer. Specifically, the trifecta for success in computer conferencing for learning, which is establishing a cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence. Of particular interest was reading that humor and vulnerability are a key tool in developing social presence, and can be akin to “an invitation to start a conversation” (Gorham and Christophel 1990).The teacher or facilitator’s responsibility to nurture this social presence while providing direct instruction or instructional feedback, while still encouraging cognitive presence, presents a delicate challenge for educators in a time where opportunities for ‘in-class’ control appears to be decreasing with the rise of technological interventions.
Stewart, B., Phipps, L., & Cormier, D. (2019, April 10). The Participatory open: Can we build a Pro-Social, Pro-Societal web? [Video]. You Tube. https://oer19.oerconf.org/sessions/the-participatory-open-can-we-build-a-pro-social-pro-societal-web-o-127/
Garrison, R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in text based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2–3), 87–105.