How I got started as an online teacher (A Pioneer Tale)

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!

Listen to my story about getting started with Connected Univeristy

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