Today I’m starting a new post to mark my independence from my previous employment and begin exploring anew the personal learning network and the resources I’ve already gathered, and will continue to gather on higher education online.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I want to live in a world where education from cradle to grave is freely available for everybody at a variety of levels of complexity, with an emphasis on creativity and joy, within a social context if that’s what you need, or in heavenly solitude if that’s your style, with everybody finding their passions, learning and teaching and sharing and, mostly important contributing to the global community in a way that’s uplifting, productive, sustainable and so on and so on. I’m an unreconstructed idealist who is painfully aware that ideals and reality are often exceedingly far apart, but that one individual taking that first step forward can make a difference.
In future posts, I will review my favorite books on online education, the sites and mentors I have come into contact with, the successes of educational systems, the power of collaborative effort and the joy of mindless and mindful creativity whether or not you have an identifiable talent (like Van Gogh) or you’re pushing along in the primitive enthusiast category (like Grandma Moses).
We’ll see what happens next.