Participants in this seminar will become a community of learners engaged in a process of critical inquiry into the social inequalities deeply embedded into the structure of society. Participants in this online community of inquiry will construct meaning largely through reflection on course content and confirm meaning largely through discourse. Operationalized through the iterative phases of the Practical Inquiry (PI) model this process will include a focus on both the metacognition and the metacommunication that are essential for deeper learning.
Participants in this seminar will engage the multimodal learning content on social inequality available through the open World Wide Web (web). They will also share their reflections on the content through the open web using blogs. They will engage in discourse with classmates, and potentially the world, using the open website required for each course in the online program for the M.S. in Sociology Applied option (OAP). Participants will also collaborate in self-directed work teams to produce a high quality multi-modal presentation for the open web that they will be proud to have in their developing online professional portfolios.
Earlier, I discussed my attempt to assimilate the Practical Inquiry (PI) model by associating its vertical dimension with the logic of science and its horizontal dimension with the sociological imagination. I also mentioned that I would design this course paying explicit attention to how the rich content available through the open web could help to move an aware community of learners through the phases of the PI in a highly engaging manner.
Seminar participants live what we study. This learning must transfer. The participants in this seminar are students in a discipline that has an emphasis on the study of inequality. This course must help them to achieve two important program goals: a sophisticated understanding of sociological concepts and theories and the ability to apply sociological methods and theory to their current or desired areas of professional interest.
My vision is a diverse community of learners approaching the structural inequalities embedded in society using both metacognition and metacommunication to engage with and to produce multimodal learning content combining the logic of science with the sociological imagination on the open web while highly engaged in moving with purpose through the phases of PI in order to achieve deeper learning.