Welcome to the Desert of the Real

So, for my eight-week online sections of College Success: Academic and Life Skills (ALS 101) it’s midterm. Two out of 8 teams posted their presentations early and three out of 8 teams have decided against using the dedicated Team Liria Discussion Boards for planning. I’ve given advance feedback to the early postings and hope that this is one kind deed that does indeed go unpunished. If what appears to be such a poor showing actually materializes, do I give up the commitment to collaborative learning in this way or not? Past and current research still lists it among best practices but present levels of engagement, decoding and encoding skills suggest otherwise. Education, teaching and learning as we know it, is definitely in transition. I am eager to see its next face / phase. Lord, let it begin with me.

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