I’ve been thinking about David’s involvement in my class’s weblog….he asked, “How do I get [these students he’s never met] to participate in a discussion about human interaction with me?”
I have a wild proposal. 😉
The students have a two-part assignment relating to “active listening.” We had a “cocktail party” on Wednesday (to celebrate the official end of Add/Drop and who we are as a class). It was semi-structured, they had roughly 5 minutes to talk 1:1 with someone, then they had to move on. Each person should have spoken with 7 other people over the course of the session. At the end of the period, I gave them this assignment: to post in the blog what they remember about their conversations with each person and then, to follow up by reading what all seven of their interlocutors wrote about them, and comment on it.
So, there’s some serious communication going on this weekend!
What I’m thinking is….David….!….you could go in there, read the exchanges, and add your own comments about what you “see” and “read into” what’s going on, interpersonally. If you’re game? This will give you a chance to experiment with your own style of entry….and maybe later in the semester, or even near the end, you could to class in person? 🙂 It’ll also give the class a concrete comparative experience between F2F and CMC….