The views and opinions expressed on these pages are those of the developer and not necessarily those of Waubonsee Community College, its Trustees, or its administration.
If your learners cannot access the information, then the information does not exist. For content to be real, it must be beneficial, usable and valuable. The deepening and inescapable need for people to truly experience learning means we need a structure – an architecture – that arranges the parts into an understandable whole. This is what I do. I make sense of untamed knowledge. I forge an immersive environment and guide inclusive experiences.
My goal is to turn learning into exceptional experiences. I create materials that matter, content that is thoughtful, and dialogue that is human-centered. My work makes positive changes in the way people discover information. But above all, my work is empathetic and inspires change. I use emergent learning. This is a method which allows for spontaneous engagement through questioning, the Socratic method, discussion, and collaborative exercises.
Embracing the error
I do not believe in failure - there is success and there is practice, or there is not participating. Failure is simply an undesired result which can be corrected with change. Learning is this on-going, change process. My approach is to introduce new artifacts into an open-environment, causing learners to abandon previous attitudes, and spontaneously develop new problem-solving behaviors, together. I encourage mistakes. When we act out of the norm or against the conformity, we are the error. Being that error is an anomaly, and is often a new way of doing something, even if that error was serendipitous. We should not fear the error or the mistake, but learn from them.
I believe the process is as important as the product. Learning is a continual endeavor and should be evaluated along the way, not just at the end of a unit. Understanding the process of learning, means understanding that it is an adaptation honed through growth. Trial and error is an important component of growing.
I do not teach content. I teach others how to learn content for themselves. Through my fieldwork, I enhance learner satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between learner, materials, and delivery. This is how I articulate the learner's personal journey. I believe that if you have knowledge then it is your duty to share this with others. This is what it means to be a steward of information and wisdom.
Success comes from following one’s own compass. I narrate, but never dictate, the situations and settings. I direct, but never control, the actions and choices. I referee, but never exploit, conflicts and interpretations. This is how I enable a synchronous, persistent map of networks. I believe to serve is to lead. The servant leader will exist in your organization. She will be the voice that others turn to with questions, with concerns, and with seeking advice. If this person is going to exist, why not be that person? Why not be the leader who serves?
Education is a service. I am a service provider. I choreograph people, engineer infrastructure, transform materials and visualize communication. I empower self-actualization through personal exploration. This is how I facilitate pathways which are intuitive, equitable, flexible, and barrier-free. I believe, in the ever-evolving, digital ecosystem, being digitally literate means more than just being tech savvy; it means we must be curatorial in what we choose to engage.
We seek truth, not fact. We are entitled to our own truths, but facts are objective. Facts are empirically and quantifiably right, and remain permanent. Truth is the pursuit of what is right. We use facts to justify our truths, but there are no wrong answers only strongly or poorly defended arguments. Those strong arguments serve as truths. The humanist uses critical thinking, analysis, and facts to form opinions; as a philosophical and ethical perspective which values the agency of humanity and the human mind. The humanist is a truth seeker. In a culture that has come to celebrate the idea that 'What I feel to be true, must be true, no matter what others think or say', the humanist stands in stark opposition.