Practice Matters practices ARE NOT canned processes that cover content narrowly and superficially.
Each Practice Matters practice offers you the opportunity to intentionally let go by doing, creating and connecting with other practitioners, on critical activities that are meaningful to you. Each practice is a delicious taste of a mix of ingredients from various instructional design principles for online learning, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, and from T. Y. Pang’s, “On Tai Chi” practices.
You will practice how to find, evaluate, analyze, and apply information within your subject area. You will think critically by assessing your reasoning for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logicalness, significance and fairness. You will open your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of your practice.
You will get better with practice.
Practice Matters- Paths
We are all different from the beginning of life. You have been conditioned by the physical body you inherited from your parents. The physical condition of your body affects your mind. Your physically-conditioned mind is also conditioned by social factors. Your subconscious mind soaked in every experience you have had like a sponge. Now old programming interferes with new conditions you want to create, and often you feel you can’t do something. Let go and take it easy. Practice Matters is simply about letting go, and relaxing, while you focus on your practice. That’s it. Let’s begin.
Practice Matters offers you three different paths to go in the direction you want. What’s important is to find a path that works for you and then begin practicing. Choose a path that fits your needs and opens your mind to practice. Let’s begin.
Just getting started? If you are a beginner or hesitant to begin practicing now, get your feet wet with the Lurker practice path. Be good to yourself. Take it easy.
Feeling adventurous and want to learn by doing, create, and connect with others? Choose the Self-Directed Practice path, if you want to explore and figure things out The Self-Directed practice path is about exploring and doing what is meaningful to you, and creating takeaways and other evidence you will use in your profession. You will also check yourself along the way by reflecting on your practice.
Self-Directed Practice with Guided Feedback
Looking for a deeper and broader way to learn by doing, create, and connect with others? Or, feeling lost and confused but could be more adventurous with some guided help along the way? Choose the Self-Directed Practice with Guided Feedback path for a personal guide to help you in your practice.
True education should wake up the Innate Humanity inside of you. When you reach a higher level of practice and understanding, you learn to harmonize yourself inside, then you become able to harmonize with other people, and with outside situations, T.Y. Pang.
Practice Matters combines instructional design for online learning, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, and T. Y. Pang’s On Tai Chi Chuan practices, to create natural and critical, online teaching and learning practices.
Greg Walker PhD. Instructional Design for Online Learning
Creator & Facilitator of Practice Matters
Retired Associate Professor and Distance Education Coordinator. Current Tai Chi Instructor.