"The benefit for the average student is well understood, supported by research, and endorsed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. However, it can be a nightmare for students with learning disabilities" (Tomorrow's Prof excerpt, ¶2).
People often lament that digital communication makes us less civil,but this is one advantage that online conversations have over in-person ones.We have a buffer of time and spacebetween us and the people whose ideas we find so frustrating.We can use that buffer.Instead of lashing out, we can pause, breathe,change the subject or walk away,and then come back to it when we're ready
I know that some might not have the time or the energy or the patiencefor extensive engagement,but as difficult as it can be,reaching out to someone we disagree withis an option that is available to all of us.And I sincerely believe that we can do hard things,not just for them but for us and our future.Escalating disgust and intractable conflictare not what we want for ourselves,or our countryor our next generation
we're all just human beings.That we should be guided by that most basic fact,and approach one another with generosity and compassion
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"This material offers an opportunity to explore various aspects of intercultural communication and adjustment models that are known to impact upon all study abroad experiences. This is not a stand-alone, distance-learning course. Nor should it be a substitute for a University or program-based orientation or reentry program, if your institution has them available" (Introduction, ¶1, c. 2003).
"Implicit biases are easily triggered evaluative beliefs or stereotypes that can influence our understanding of others and our behaviors toward them without our full awareness. They are related to, but distinct from, explicit or overt expressions of bias" (What is implicit bias, ¶2).
"I’ve just come back from visiting two universities in central Canada and I have also been getting feedback from pilot institutions on the questionnaire we are developing for a survey of online learning in Canada. Although I do not want to anticipate the results of the survey, some things are already becoming clear, especially about blended learning" (¶1).