Learning at TCC (and why you shouldn’t clean up your profile)

 

Sessions attended:

Communicating Change
Lee Henrikson

Using Skype in the Online Classroom
Therese Kanai &  Melissa Holmberg

Creative Crossroads: Learning Partners Collaborate
Selia Karsten

Keynote: SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment)
Paul Kim

Creative Infusion: When Academia Meets Creativity
Jennifer Harrison & Crystal Hofegartner

Student Attitudes Toward the Addition of a Social Media Tool to Increase Social Presence in an Online Learning Environment
Joan S Leafman & Kathleen Mathieson

Managing Issues of Safety, Privacy, Copyright, and Technological Change in Web 2.0 Instruction: Lessons Learned from Teaching a YouTube Course
Chareen Snelson

Digital Dirt: How to Survive and Thrive in a World with Social Media
Michele Hinto-Riley & Erica Arnold-Wyche

Designing and Evaluating an Online Resource Site for Distance Educators
Billy Meinke

Technology Integration & Training for Online Course Development: A Needs Assessment
Melissa Kunitzer

Providing Qualitative Feedback in Online Teaching with Minimal Effort, yet Reaping Great Benefits
Brooke Estabrook-Fishinghawk

Going Paperless: Advantages & Challenges of the Paperless Classroom
Derek Snyder

Using Teamwork in an Online Course: Five Useful Strategies
Leanne Chun and Lani Uyeno

Promoting Continuous Quality in Online Teaching: Implementing A Comprehensive Faculty Development Program
Holly McCracken & Eileen Dittmar

Visual E-Communications to Enliven Collaborative E-Learning
Janet Salmons

OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources: Forward to Credentialed Learning Outcomes?
Jason Caudill

Applying Delta Theory to analyze online communities
Hery Yanto The

Organic Gardening: An Online Course Design
Rachel Kirkland and Jordan Day

Teaching with Technology Centers
Kasey Fernandez & Salynn Kam

TCC 2012 ParticipantI attended many sessions at the wonderful TCC Teaching, Colleges and Community conference out of the University of Hawaii (yes, everyone always groans that this conference is online instead of in Hawaii!). Several made a distinct impression on me and will change my practice.The first of these was Creative Infusion: When Academia Meets Creativity, just as a good reminder that we should encourage student creativity in all our classes and Managing Issues of Privacy, a good reminder on that subject.

But the one that really got me participating (and it was easy to do with TCC’s structure) was Digital Dirt: How to Survive and Thrive in a World With Social Media. The big concern was that students post party pictures and other questionable material all over their social media sites, and employers increasingly look at these sites before they decide whether to hire someone. The advice was that we need to share this information with students and encourage them to clean up their act. It is our job to caution them.

At first I was nodding my head. But I’ve been reading Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. People who use social media a lot, especially young people, use it in a very personal way. Their profiles and status updates are tied to their image of themselves and their relationships with their peers. It’s not just a matter of not thinking ahead to an employment interview. It’s that the identity of some young people is embedded in their social media, and that the authenticity of these identities is extremely important in their lives and in trusting each other.

In addition, the advice seemed to encourage cookie-cutter profiles, without sins or mistakes. If I were an employer seeking a creative person, or one who’d been around the block, or one with life experience, these profiles would leave me cold. If Ray and Anderson are correct about the Cultural Creatives, then the workers who will be most in demand are those who can not only think outside the box, but create a new box. They will be artistic, open-minded, and authentic. A clean Facebook profile will be an illusion and a sham.

I suppose if you want a job that does not require a Cultural Creative, but rather a bean counter or bureaucrat, you might want to make sure your profile was free of sin. I don’t feel I should be responsible for encouraging students to create a profile designed to impress someone hiring that sort of person.

The other significant session for me was Promoting Continuous Quality in Online Teaching: Implementing A Comprehensive Faculty Development Program, because it taught me that not all for-profit institutions offer lousy faculty development, creating stables of ill-qualified part-timers to teach canned classes. I totally admit to extreme prejudice on this issue, but Holly McCracken and Eileen Dittmar are clearly doing incredible work at Cappella, creating faculty development staffed with volunteers who just want to help each other teach better. Experienced online faculty sharing with those who are new is the heart of their system as it is of our Program for Online Teaching. I was delighted.

2012 Active Learner