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Teaching an Online Experience-based Leadership Course

By Anders Örtenblad / July 2009

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  • Mon, 29 Nov 2010
    Post by originalcourse

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  • Mon, 29 Nov 2010
    Post by bestthesisonline

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  • Sun, 04 Oct 2009
    Post by Anders Örtenblad

    Dear Jill, Perer and Anne,

    Thanks all for your comments! An especial thanks to Anne for interesting suggestions and encouragement!! Sorry for being so late in responding.

    Would you be interested in doing something together? We could, for instance, have a small (online?) conference on online leadership courses, or we could arrange something bigger, like a conference on experiential learning at online education in general. I have a couple of times suggested WCET to have a stream like this at their annually conference, but they have not accepted. We could perhaps write something together, or just get together (skype?) for exchanging ideas, and let's see what happens from there. What do you say?

  • Wed, 05 Aug 2009
    Post by Anne Pauker Kreitzberg

    Hi Anders. Thanks so much for sharing your very thoughtful and insightful summary of the course design, your experience with it and your own personal learnings. I am very interested in connecting with others who are also working in this area. Having taught leadership and related courses from a business perspective for a long time, I am not focused on teaching critical thinking and leadership in a Web 2.0 environment. Like you, our approach is on experiential learning and discovery. We start with the intrinsic attributes that social computing tools bring and can be used to enhance the learner's experience rather than take traditional courses and translate them into an LMS.

    A couple of thoughts. I'm not sure if you have the capability or the students have the inclination to meet online via skype or some other tool so that they can see one another visually when they are working in their groups. This might help.

    Again, not sure if they have the capability, but if so, perhaps you can get them to create the "towers out of pipecleaners" or other activity using an online white board.

    Another thought I had was that you might want to expand on your first assignment by having the students complete an online assessment, for example, the MBTI or StrengthsFinders or some other relatively simple tool so that they can have a common language for talking about style diversity and how this affects critical thinking, leadership style, etc. This might also help the team members have a way of introducing themselves to the others.

    In addition to my consulting practice, I also teach courses in human resource management and business policy through a professional certificate program offered at Wharton, which are live - but since all the students are working full time, I try to incorporate online activities if I can.

    Building trust both between student and instructor and among the students themselves is extremely challenging and takes time, live and online. You sound like a wonderful teacher!

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  • Wed, 05 Aug 2009
    Post by Peter Miles

    Hi Anders, Very interested in your experience as my interest is also the design and facilitation of online ledership courses. With a group of colleagues (employed by the UK National College of School Leadership), we have designed and run a series of short online courses on a range of leadership subjects (e..g. coaching, time management, team leadership, vision and values,leadership styles etc)for potential UK Headteachers. They have been hugely successful - best evalautions I have ever received in 30 years in leadership development! We try to make them as experiential as possible.

    One day I will get round to writing up our experience. In the meantime, love to exchange ideas/experience with you, and anyone else, who is involved in teaching leadership online.

  • Mon, 03 Aug 2009
    Post by Jill Duffy

    The most important take-away thought for me is how individual assignments versus group work/assignments were used in the course. In general, it seems like online learning really pushes group assignments. It was interesting for the author to propse starting with an individual assignment to let the student acclimate to the teaching environment before having to acclimate to one another!

  • Sun, 06 Apr 2008
    Post by Peggy Pang

    Besides using blogs , wikis is also a good tool to use to encourage collaborative learning. We use these tools in our university to encourage learners to reflect on what they have learned and how they may apply the skills and knowledge back at their workplace. In this way, content relevance is ''deepened'' and tacit knowledge is captured in a concrete form.

  • Mon, 03 Mar 2008
    Post by Robert Davison

    I don''t think that the specific functional context - Agriculture or Astrophysics - is that important. What is more important is that students have something to say, to reflect, to share. Weak computer skills is no excuse for not sharing! For agricultural applications of IT in developing countries, try and search - but honestly I can''t remember if we have published any papers on this topic or not.

  • Mon, 03 Mar 2008
    Post by Robert Davison

    I have to be honest and confess that I have never even heard of twitter - or micro-blogging - so clearly there is more to learn. Did eLearn publish articles on micro-blogging? Can you link them to my article?

  • Mon, 03 Mar 2008
    Post by Lisa Neal

    Great article, Robert. As I read it I wondered if you had used, or thought of using, a tool like twitter to give a micro-blogging experience to your students.

  • Wed, 18 Jul 2007
    Post by patsyadams

    This is the first I have heard of Second life and my thought is what if the government had used a VW before Iraq. Would we be in a different place now if they had practiced?

  • Wed, 18 Jul 2007
    Post by Paula M.

    I believe that VW''s can be a learning tool.They allow people to dream and to practice how they want to live. I''m just not sure that they''re a tool for teachers.

  • Thu, 07 Jun 2007
    Post by Mark Underwood

    Mashups that merge VW''s (especially SL) with external systems through newly exposed/developed APIs will make the VW model more compelling than it is today.

  • Tue, 22 May 2007
    Post by mauricio

    Unless your organization is a true early adopter, it is premature to invest a ton of resources in VWs. Nonetheless, we encourage you to dip your toe in the virtual water. It''s neither expensive nor difficult, and it will give you an appreciation for the fresh viewpoints that are rippling

  • Mon, 26 Mar 2007
    Post by Dionysia

    At last! I was waiting for this the last 7 yrs. Now we can start developing a new era for learning and performance for all around the globe. Thanks for sharing and enabling others to contribute in the learning era.

  • Fri, 23 Mar 2007
    Post by Dan Mc

    Wonderful ideas, very new to me. "VWs may herald a more intuitive metaphor for communication and interpretation of our real world." What I''m still seeking is a sense of 3D Self being projected (culture, values/beliefs, personality). Is this in there and I missed it? If this is to be an advancement beyond breaking down distance, it must improve (beyond even the real world) our ability to communicate and connect deeply in VW. Not to take away from what is a great tool and good article, but can you share a bit more about the ability to do this in VW? Oh yeah, and you are missing a bullet before ''Repetition''. :)

  • Fri, 23 Mar 2007
    Post by AR

    Hey this is a terrrific article, but seriously the bit of berries and mammoths indicates the authors are not too savy about the fact that human beings have been doing vw ever since they started doing cosmology. Just think about it -- for centuries European civilization was rooted in the notion of a earth-centered universe, a pretty powerful vw or fiction. Otherwise aok.