You’ve got the most beautiful memoir in you about this, Kate. I just know it. I was a complete doubter about the power of this type of connectivity until I started having real connections with my online students in a way that I did not with F2F. One student, in particular, took two OL classes from me and then one F2F. She wrote in one of her reflections that she felt “closer” to me OL than in person. I’ve thought about that quite a bit over the years. A part of me thinks that our exchanges were so personal OL while in class, I was one teacher to 24 other students at the same time. It’s an interesting question of what that enabling factor is, but it’s an important point to understanding the goodness in online education and digital spaces.
Now to try this “Press This” part of the FLP:)

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