Ideas, discussion and discourse in social and online networks

I read Sarah’s post with interest.

Here she posted three questions:

What motivates you to join in with online discussions?

I join in with online discussions when I found some interesting ideas to share, or to comment on some posts that I found interesting, or to gain insights into a topic that I wish to know more, either a new one or one that I need to keep updated.  So, most of these engagement was based on my intrinsic motivation, to learn and contribute to the community.  I don’t associate my desire to connect are based on extrinsic motivation, after some years of networking. I would however thank everyone who has shared and contributed in one way or other in sharing their learning with me.  So, I am not expecting any rewards, or would need any such rewards in return, in online discussion.  For me, the greatest reward is to give, not to receive.

What tips would you pass on either as a teacher or student?

Just be yourself when sharing online.  Keep an open mind.  Appreciate others’ views, and acknowledge them even if you don’t agree with them, especially if they are different from your perspective.   Look for different ideas, perspectives, insights posted by others and see how you could learn from them. If you disagree with the authors’ views, ask yourself why? Think and reflect critically during a conversation with others. Ask questions if you don’t understand.  Always thank others for responding to your questions.

What do you think is the secret to a successful online discussion for students?

Put yourself into their shoes (i.e. be empathetic). Think about what interests them, and how you could add value to the conversation or discussion.  Keep the conversation simple, focussed, though, stimulating and interesting.  Imagine if you were the audience, how would you feel during the conversation?  Be honest with your responses, and be professional at all times.

Here is a useful list of causes of conflicts in online community that could be used as guidelines, and one should be aware of.

#CCK11 Globalisation and Glocalisation of Higher Education Part I

Here are some quotes from the video:

Education is about lighting a fire, not filling a bucket with water.

Purpose of education is about learning how to learn.

I would like to reflect on the globalisation of education in the 21st century.

What is happening in education around the globe?

Is college worth it provides some interesting insights about how people view higher education in the US. “Right or Wrong Direction? Six-in-ten college presidents say the system of higher education in this country is headed in the right direction, but a substantial minority (38%) say it is headed in the wrong direction.”

How about higher education in Asian countries? In this Globalisation and higher education restructuring in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, Mok concluded that not all nations have responded in the same way to globalisation due of the specificities of their national histories, politics, cultures and economies.

So, what I could I conclude? Globalisation of higher education needs to be considered under the context of glocalisation – Look at the big picture, the big global forest, but act locally to contextualize the education to suit the needs and vision of the communities, with the local citizens in mind.  Learn globally and act locally, and be connected to the international communities.

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This paper on globalisation sounds interesting too.