I hadn’t really thought of LMS as being closed before reading the PLENK resources this week, and in particular this transcript of an interview with several leaders in teaching and learning with technology. I have been particularly interested in online learning for a few years and within the last two have begun to design online courses. One of the things I have done is to incorporate elements of a PLE into those courses - encouraging the creation of delicious and Diigo accounts, using Adobe Connect to have the participants meet and interact with one another in real time, create blogs and wikis, etc. etc. In that manner - I hadn’t considered the courses closed but realize now that if I am providing the learning opportunities - it really isn’t personalized. They are still completing the activities as a matter of completing the course, but I am not sure that it extends beyond that.
What is interesting about online learning is that it hasn't really reached our region yet. I have tried to provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to engage in online learning because I think that they need to experience how different it really it in order to understand how to use it with students. Participation in those is low but loyal. With students, it is mostly being used for credit recovery and I have found in reviewing much of the courses that the activities and assessments are "Google-able." No critical thinking, no collaboration, no creativity.
Which makes me realized that most of our teaching right now is pretty closed - in fact, there are few classrooms (let alone buildings or districts) where I see networked teachers who have all you see in this model*:
The Networked Teacher (Couros, 2008)
From Drexler, "The Networked Student Model for Construction of PLE:Balancing Teacher Control and Student Autonomy
I am pondering how do we help the teacher become more networked so that they can develop a networked classroom? And not networked for the sake of being networked, but because they can't imagine operating any other way?