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February 7, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


Pioneer Tales – How I got started as an online teacher

Posted: 04 Feb 2017 12:31 PM PST

There is an old joke:
Do you know how you can tell the pioneers?
… They are the ones with arrows in their backs!
I’ve survived the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”.  I still love this journey.
The following audio explains how I got started teaching online with Connected University.

I recorded this story for students in EDUC 764 The E-Learning Practicum. These folks are busy interning as online teaching and working on new careers. The mentored online teaching experience is the last step in earning our Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Sometimes a little history helps! 

My first paid job online was as a Guide for Connected University. This image is a snap shot of my responses to the Icebreaker prompt in my first ‘audition training’ for Connected U.

The campfire is an evocative image.  I was inspired by David Thornburg’s seminal work: Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century.

~ Dennis O’Connor

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