Each week, one or two class members have been asked to reflect on the theme for the week and post it for the class to see. This posting liekly comes from engagement with the resources for the week: readings, audio pods, video clips, etc. Throughout the semester, each class member has also been asked to comment on at least two of the class posts – sharing additional insights, questions, concerns, and conundrums.
Rather than create a personal reading journal, our insights, quesitons, concerns, and conundrums will be shared here — in a blog. As a class space, the blog can provide more of a journal-like experience than threaded discussions while being public for others to engage.
The goal of this activity is for us to broaden our perspectives. We don’t know what we don’t know until someone or something causes us to become aware of our assumptions and consider them in light of new information. This is called variously a disorienting dilemna, cognative dissonance, and paradigm shift. The result, often, is transformation – of knowledge and of individual.