Begin Here- What is this course all about?

The purpose of this course is to practicefairminded thinking to make connections using social media.

The meaning of true education.

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

The meaning of sadhana.

Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity. Sadhana means you are using everything as a tool to open to the flow of natural experience.

Natural experience opens your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of the river of life.

Sadhguru & T.Y. Pang

A Community of Inquiry

Our goal is to develop into an active community of inquiry. A community of inquiry is a group of learners who practice and collaborate with each other in a purposeful critical way. Reflection is used to construct personal meaning. Everyone practices together to make sure there is a mutual understanding among the group.

A Community of Ohana

Our goal is to develop into a community of ohana. Ohana is a Hawaiian term meaning “family”. The term is connected to Māori kōhanga, meaning “nest”. The root word ʻohā refers to the root or corm of the kalo, or taro plant, which Kanaka Maoli consider to be their cosmological ancestor.

Aloha and Welcome to ICS 119!  

This online course is a delicious taste of a mix of ingredients; adult and online learning theory, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, eastern philosophy, and Tai Chi Chuan from T. Y. Pang. What does this mean to YOU?

Consider the following questions:

  • Do you know what type of learner are you?
  • Have you learned how to learn?
  • Have you learned how to assess your own learning?
  • Have you learned how to learn by sharing via the Internet?
  • Have you learned how to be positive, effective and engaging when you learn?
  • Have you learned how to find, evaluate, analyze, and apply information?
  • Have you learned how to think critically by assessing your reasoning for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logicalness, significance and fairness?
  • Have you learned how to intuitively open your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes as you learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to answer each of these questions with a confident, YES!

Actively developing your thinking

This course will actively introduce you to social media. The emphasis will be on actively developing your thinking. Everything we do will be designed to help you become better and better at thinking about social media. You will internalize information by using it actively each week to attempt to improve your thinking.

Therefore, the primary purpose of learning about social media is to help you develop your thinking or reasoning skills. Why is this important? The quality of every decision you make about social media will be directly determined by the quality of your reasoning abilities. In fact the quality of your life in general will be determined by how well you think in general.

Don’t worry, you will have fun learning. When you are having fun you open yourself to new possibilities. Having an open mind is the first requirement for learning. By the end you this course you will be able to determine how you want to use social media for your own purpose.

Course Questions

The Promise

It is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time,’ is like saying, I don’t want to.

― Lao Tzu
Course Syllabus

Practice Order

I. Absorb Set

Course Website

Read/view weekly course content

Complete reading/watching by Wednesday 11: 59 pm

Take a 12 hour break (min)

II. Do Set

Learner Activity Blogs

Complete course activities on your personal practice blog.

Due Saturday 11:59 pm
10% deducted for late work

Take a 12 hour break (min)

III. Connect Set

Google Classroom

  1. Copy & paste link to your weekly blog activity to classroom stream
  2. Complete commenting assignment on weekly activities directly on other learners blogs
Due Monday 11:59 pm
10% deducted for late work

Take a 12 hour break (min)

IV. Reflect Set

Google Form in Classroom

Weekly Grades
Complete Self- assessment form

Due Tuesday 11:59 pm

1. Who is teaching this course?


My name is Greg and I will be your facilitator/instructor for this course. I recently retired from Leeward CC. I live in the heart of Waikiki. I meditate, walk on the beach, and practice Tai Chi Chuan everyday. I look forward to our learning practice. I have found the best way to learn is to practice in small chunks (sets), with an open mind, and a willingness to get better and better.

Please, don’t take yourself too seriously. You will make mistakes. Wonderful! Mistake are “real life” examples of practice and a tool for learning. Without “real life” mistakes you can’t practice learning how to learn. Beating yourself up over mistakes, the selfish ego messing with your thinking, stops the flow of getting better and better.

Thinking critically will quiet your ego and open your awareness to be a fair minded thinker. This is not easy and takes a lifetime of practice. So let’s start practicing. Smile!

Greg Walker PhD.
Instructional Design for Online Learning
Retired Associate Professor & Distance Education Coordinator
Windward CC Lecturer
Practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan

2. What is this course all about?

Begin by reading the course syllabus
ICS 119 Course Syllabus

Please read the course syllabus thoroughly. You will be asked about your understanding of the course syllabus in the REQUIRED Understanding the Course Expectations Terms of Agreement at the end of this page. Please complete the form after you read/watch the content on this page. Mahalo.

2. How will the instructor communicate to learners?
Instructor Communications
  • Weekly emails to learners Gmail
    • Mondays– Feedback from previous week. Overview of current weekly practice order. Deadline Reminders.
    • Thursday-. Announcement of previous week’s grade posting. Deadline Reminders. Feedback from current week.
  • Weekly commenting- Modeling giving feedback on learner blogs. Encouraging open minded practice. Answering questions for clarity.
  • Weekly Reflection Forms- Assessment of learners weekly self-assessments.
  • Responding to learner questions by email within 24 hours.
3. How can I do well in this course?

To do well in this course, I must begin to think about connection. I must read and watch the course content not as a lot of information to remember, but as tools to help me think about connection. Thinking about connection is about using empathy, attentive awareness and reasoning by asking questions, gathering information, making inferences and assumptions to come to conclusions about how things should or ought to be, which things are good or bad, and which actions are right or wrong. 

I must become clear about the purposes of how I connect using social media. I must begin to ask questions, and recognize the questions being asked, about using social media to improve how I think about making connections. I must begin to sift through social media information, drawing conclusions about connection. I must begin to question where information about social media comes from. I must notice the different interpretations that are formed about social media to give meaning to social media. I must question those interpretations to understand them better. I must begin to question the implications of various social media interpretations and begin to see how reasoning is used to come to conclusions. I must begin to look at the world and develop the viewpoint of how to use social media to make positive connections. 

I will read and watch the content in this course looking explicitly for the elements of thought. I will actively ask questions about connection during the course from a critical-thinking perspective. I will begin paying attention to my own thinking about making connections in my everyday life. I will make thinking about connection a more explicit and prominent part of my thinking. 

4. How does the course work?

IMPORTANT: To get into our Google Classroom you must first be logged into Google @UH. Use your UHusername and password.

This course is a series of self directed weekly learning sets that are practiced in order. Our ICS119 Ohana Google Classroom has a clear map of the weekly learning path of learning that make up the sets in the course.

Have you joined our Google Classroom yet? If not go there now and use the Code ir8s1y1 to join the course. To get into our Google Classroom you must first be logged into Google @UH.

Now, lets go over, in order, each set in your weekly learning practice. If you are a weekend learner, that won’t work. Weekend learning leads to over stressed superficial learning. Follow the directions below to help you learn throughout the week, when you are “pressed for time”. Ultimately, it is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

I. Absorb Set

Begin each week by reading and watching /viewing the current week’s content on the ICS119 course website. Complete the Absorb Set by no later than the end of Thursday. To be timely, chew on a small bite each day.

Then take a break for a minimum of 12 hours to refresh your thinking before you begin the Do Set.

II. Do Set

After you complete the Absorb Set each week, go to your personal practice blog and click on the current week in the menu on the left. You can find a link to your personal course blog on the Learner Activity Blogs page.

Begin by reading the content on the page. Then follow the instructions to login and complete your activities. The Do Set is active learning at the heart of your practice.

This process may seem awkward at first. That’s the way it works when you are learning anything new to you. Don’t worry, it will get easier with practice. Follow the instructions and ask for help as needed. As you progress you will see less instructions to follow. By the end of the course you will be able to complete your activities and post different media, on your own!

Post weekly blog activities to the Google Classroom Stream.
To copy & paste the address of your weekly blog activities to the Google Classroom Stream, follow the directions each week on your weekly Do Set blog. If you are familiar with web addresses, you can try it yourself.

Your personal practice blog address:
(replace username with your username)

Your address for your weekly Do Set activities:
(replace the username with your username and the # sign with the week number)

Every week, post your completed weekly activities page to the Google Classroom stream by
Saturday 11:59 pm*.
*10% deducted for posting late.

Why the posting late penalty?
The Connect Set is about critcally commenting on other learner’s activites. All Do Set activites need to be posted on the course stream to receive credit and timely feedback.

Then take a break for a minimum of 12 hours to refresh your thinking before you begin the Connect Set.

III. Connect Set

The Connect Set is about practicing providing feedback directly on other learner’s weekly blog activities. Every week go to our Ohana ICS 119 Google Classroom for detailed directions on how to comment on the classroom stream.

Every week complete your commenting by Monday 11:59 pm*.
*10% deducted for posting late.

Why the posting late penalty?
To create a Community of Inquiry everyone needs to post on time.

Before you begin the Reflect Set, take a break for a minimum of 12 hours, to refresh your thinking

IV. Reflect Set

Go to the Google Classroom and complete the weekly self- assessment. After your self-assessment has been assessed by the instructor you will receive your grade.

Every week, complete your self-assessment
by Tuesday 11:59 pm*.
Weekly grades are posted on Thursdays.

Where do I go to see each weekly practice?

How much time will my weekly practice take?

Typically 4-9 hours per week. This varies according to your prior technology experience and a willingness to learn deeply.

It is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time,’ is like saying, I don’t want to.

― Lao Tzu
When do I get my grades for my weekly practice?

WEEKLY GRADES. Every week you will complete the self-assessment form to receive your grade. Your self assessment is assessed by the instructor for accuracy before you receive your grade. Please follow the directions closely and you will earn all the points for the assignment. 

How do I get help?

Email Greg

How can I be effective?
Apply the 7 habits of personal effectiveness.

Have you heard of a paradigm shift? It helps you to understand that different perspectives exist, i.e. that two people can see the same thing and yet differ with each other.

Based on this premise, here is an introduction to the seven habits

  1. Be Proactive. The concept of Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. Work from the center of your influence and constantly work to expand it. Don’t sit and wait in a reactive mode, waiting for problems to happen (Circle of Concern) before taking action.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind. Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it.
  3. Put First Things First The difference between Leadership and Management. Leadership in the outside world begins with personal vision and personal leadership. What is important and what is urgent? Priority should be given in the following order:
    1. Important and Urgent
    2. Important and not-urgent
    3. Not Important and Urgent
    4. Not important and Not urgent
  4. Think Win-Win. Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. Use empathic listening to genuinely understand a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.
  6. Synergize. Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.
  7. Sharpen the Saw. Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, good prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
    1. Covey explains the “Upward Spiral” model in the sharpening the saw section. Through our conscience, along with meaningful and consistent progress, the spiral will result in growth, change, and constant improvement. In essence, one is always attempting to integrate and master the principles outlined in The 7 Habits at progressively higher levels at each iteration. Subsequent development on any habit will render a different experience and you will learn the principles with a deeper understanding. 
    2. The Upward Spiral model consists of three parts: learn, commit, do. According to Covey, one must be increasingly educating the conscience in order to grow and develop on the upward spiral. The idea of renewal by education will propel one along the path of personal freedom, security, wisdom, and power.
  8. The 8th HabitFind your voice and inspire others to find theirs. 
How am I personally accountable?

You will be assessed (graded) based on these three agreements:

  1. We agree on the goals. We want the same outcomes for everyone, we’re just trying different ways to get there.
    1. You agree to complete the course activities on time.
    2. You agree to accurately self-assess your learning.
    3. You agree to give and receive feedback using intellectual standards.
  2. We agree on reality. The world is not flat. Facts are evidence. We will learn to be accurate, concise and precise in our communication.
  3. We agree on measurement. Because we’ve agreed on goals and reality, we agree on what success looks like as well.
    1. You agree to use the weekly self-assessment forms to measure the progress of your learning.
    2. You understand and agree the instructor will review your measurements for validity.

All three allow us to paddle together on the same journey, and to hold each other accountable for our work. Any other approach disrespects your classmates and leaves you in a corner, without allies.

What tools do I use to do my weekly practice?

For details see the Weekly Course Tools section below.

Take the Survey
Understanding the Expectations for
Introduction to Social Media

Complete the Terms of Agreement

Weekly Course Tools

Weekly Course Content
ICS 119 Website
I. Absorb Set

Begin each week by reading and watching the weekly content. Complete by Wednesday 11: 59 pm

Learner Activity Blogs
II. Do Set

After you complete the weekly Absorb Set, go to your practice blog. Click on the current week in the menu on the left.

Google Classroom Connections
III. Connect Set

The Connect Set is about providing feedback directly on other learner’s weekly blog activities.

Weekly Self-Assessment
& Reflection Form
Google Forms
IV. Reflect Set

To receive your weekly grades, you must complete the weekly self-assessment form.

Your grade will be posted after your self-assessment has been reviewed by the instructor.

Weekly Grades
in Laulima

Each week your self assessment is assessed by the instructor for accuracy before you receive your grade.

Weekly Email Communication Gmail

Mondays– Feedback from previous week. Overview of current week. Deadline Reminders.

Thursdays– Announcement of grade posting. Deadline reminders. Feedback from current week.