It’s About Time…

… That a college professor in a Doctoral program understands the power of the Internet and requires its use for class assignments.  I have finally met that professor.  In my current class (The Role of the Superintendent), Dr. Tim Kanold is requiring all of us to complete our assignments online.  Each of the 16 students in the class has created a new blog on Blogger, and we are required to post our “homework” on our blog.  In addition, we each have a blog buddy for which we must write comments to their posts.

In the five classes I have taken so far, this is the first time the teacher has even acknowledged that the internet is an appropriate place to complete assignments.  Well, it’s about time.

Not only is this professor requiring blogging for assignments, he also is a blogger and he is on Twitter (tkanold).  On his Turning Vision Into Action blog he provides wonderful thoughts about Professional Learning Communities.  This is a topic Dr. Kanold should know a lot about because he was trained under the PLC guru Rick DuFour.  Kanold served as the director of math and science under DuFour at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  Then, after DuFour’s departure, Kanold took over the reigns as superintendent.

So, I am excited to finally be in a class where I do not need a printer!  But, more importantly, I love the idea that we are using the Read/Write web to interact with each other outside of the classroom.  This is a concept that is long in coming to post-graduate classes, and I hope  other professors in my program take note of this, and get on board.  The time has come for 21st Century instruction to take hold at the graduate level as well as in K-12 schools.


4 thoughts on “It’s About Time…

  1. Dave,
    Sounds like a fantastic class. Are you at LU or National Louis or someplace else?
    Glad you are pursuing your doctorate. So glad I did that.
    Say hi to Tim for me.

  2. I took my MBA for the most part online and actually found it to be a very productive way to learn. In looking back, the most beneficial part of using the internet is what was called real time feedback with the “author”. That interaction is what develops true understanding of the issues.

  3. Not only did you enjoy not needing a printer, the professor probably enjoyed not having stacks of paper. : )

    Having you post to your “homework” to your blog ups the ante. Your paper no longer has to be “good enough” for the professor to see, it has to be good enough for the whole world to see..or at the least the portion of the whole world that reads your blog.

    I was quite struck a couple of years ago by the means on magazine was accepting article submissions. They didn’t want a hard copy. They didn’t even want an e-mail attachment. They wanted it posted to Google Docs and nothing but the link e-mailed to them. It creates a new way of organizing, but I think it’s a better way.

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