Relationships and Interaction

Posted on September 26, 2011. Filed under: thinking aloud |

Over the last decade, I have become increasingly convinced that relationships are the key to growth and learning.  Oh sure, I can pick up a book and learn something new.  Usually, however, it is when I feel an affinity toward the author that I learn the most.  In a course, the more student talk there is around the content (not just collegial talk around the cooler), the more I learn from the course.  Twitter has seemingly exploded my learning at times.

What does this correlation of relationships to learning mean for the classroom and for online learning?  How can an online course foster and build on the student need for interaction? How can we have the interaction without becoming overwhelmed with the reading of comments and replies?

So many questions.  Still waiting for answers.


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