As a Gen Xer and first-generation college student of color, the higher education I experienced is fading like a sign post in the rear view mirror. As a professor for the past 12 years, I'm in the thick of it.
In addition to introducing my professional work, this site shares my professional learning in a changing higher education, pressured by external forces (public scrutiny, globalization, technology) that are shifting its organizational culture.
In the last few years, I have realized the emergence of a new version of higher education. Lareau (2003) coined the term, concerted cultivation, to describe middle-class parents' purposeful orchestration of their children's educational experiences outside school to ensure academic success. Likewise, professors must intentionally cultivate a new educator role that adapts 20th century college teaching and learning for success of today's college students. For me, this has amounted to incorporating technology, fostering co-learning attitudes and experiences and integrating professional skills with teaching content.
This change is not a facile one, and educators will have to experiment to discover their comfort zone. Recently, I have started to develop a personal learning network using Twitter (feed to the right) to access and share professional content and connections. My current interests are contemplative practices in the classroom, use of social media, service-learning/civic engagement, and critical social dialogue.
Now, to "teach" students I need to know about and understand the world in which they live; I learn and integrate what I know about the value of the offline learning experience to create a hybrid that grows the humanity in us all.
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