Nondirective Teaching for an Online Course
Last week I described my approach to designing my online courses for the summer. I explained how I try to think about each course beginning with a blank slate, and then letting intuition be my guide. In the end, however, I left my course structures a bit vague. Since then, I have continued to think about how I wanted each course to go, and feel like I have reached a resolution.
I'm sharing this because there isn't a whole lot out there (on the internet or in books) about how to facilitate meaningful learning in a nondirective way in an online course. I think this is something that Carl Rogers might have done, were he teaching today.
For each course (general psychology and lifespan development), my students will have to complete 8 activities. I have designed somewhere around 15 possible activities for each of the following categories. Students can pick any 8 to complete:
- Personal Development (Sample Activities on my RESOURCES page)
- Self Assessment (Sample Activities on my RESOURCES page)
- Social Interaction with others in class (including professor)
- Pursuing an interest in psychology/development
- Conducting an original research project