Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.
School or Organization Name:
The Constructivist Consortium
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Torrance, CA USA
Language in Which You Will Present:
Educators, administrators, policy-makers, teacher educators
Short Session Description (one line):
Learn how online learning can reflect the best traditions of progressive education
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The emphasis of the learning adventures is on the learning process while traditional assignments focus on product. My students provide constant formative assessment, expertise and assistance to their classmates since they share the same virtual space 24/7 and because their work is public. The teacher's role shifts from one of judgment to one of supporting each learner. Even face-to-face classes benefit from non-coercive open-ended transparent learning adventures. Critical factors of learning adventures will be presented as well as their theoretical foundations.
Dr. Stager has been online since 1983 (unless you count using an acoustic coupler five years earlier), was instrumental in creating Pepperdine University's Online Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program in 1997 and has written online courses for Classroom Connect, Generation YES and Logo Computer Systems, Inc. He began leading online collaborative constructionist projects connecting classrooms in the 1980s.
In this session, Gary will reflect on his experiences teaching online, designing course content and observing children enrolled in online courses in order to challenge some the conventional wisdom about distance learning and offer examples of how online learning requires an amplification of the best teaching practices if it is to realize its potential for all learners. Elements of effective project-based learning wil also be explored.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Gary, need more ties to the conference mission in your description!
Collaboration and real-world problem solving over great distances are implicit in the description I wrote. Would it be better if be better if I had sprinkled the term, "global," throughout the proposal.
I read the conference mission and it doesn't define "global awareness," "global competency" or "global context."
One would think that my 25 years of experience leading global collaborative online projects and expertise in project-based learning would be desirable.
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