--Originally published at The Noble Leisure Project
It has become eminently clear that the learning in this class (and all others but one I am taking here at Harvard) transpires, to a great degree, in a language I do not understand. Far from demoralized, I am excited about learning this new language – the language of my children, my students and my fellow classmates – and using it to communicate my ideas in a meaningful and impactful way.
Of course, I am referring to the language of modern technology, specifically, social media. My aim then is first, to understand the tools themselves, their purpose and best use; second, to match my ideas with the tool best suited to reaching and impacting my intended audience; third, to become proficient in the use of these tools through practice, in order that it becomes a habit (thank you, Aristotle).
Proficiency in “blogging” and “tweeting” appear central to my goals. Of these, blogging addresses another need, i.e., to communicate my ideas and mere reflections in a more timely and accessible manner, in contrast to the painstaking, time consuming scholarly and philosophical writing to which I am accustomed and with which I am most comfortable.
My overarching goal for this course is to gain the knowledge and skills that will support The Noble Leisure Project. My intended audience is likely, for the most part, to be in the same boat as I am with respect to technology and social media; instructing and supporting those who will ultimately participate in the program will be central to its success.
And so, I intend to blog once a week in response to the readings, class meetings, additional research or personal experiences (including my successes, failures and discoveries navigating the technology and using social media). I will need to develop a discipline for this (a particular day, so much time devoted to the activity, etc.). The goal is to contribute something relevant and meaningful; something that advances my own learning and that of my classmates. It is likely that I will miss the mark on occasion, and the comments (if any) in response to what I post will be one measure of my performance.
|Exceeds Expectations||MeetsExpectations||Underperforms Expectations|
|Quantitative Criteria||Posting one blog per week plus something additional||Posting one blog per week||Posting less than nine blogs over the remainder of the course|
|Qualitative Criteria||Posting something truly meaningful, as evidenced by one or more comments||Posting something relevant, whether or not producing comments||Posting something perfunctory or uninspired (producing no comments or critical comments)|