As I've met and corresponded with many of you since I became Director of ELI nearly 3 months ago (how the time has flown!), I've often heard from you that you want more interaction with other ELI faculty. Some of you who are ELI old-timers told me you miss the days when faculty would work at ELI, because it gave you a chance to catch up, share problems, and get advice and ideas from each other. Others of you are too new to ELI to have experienced those times, but you have told me that you wonder whether other faculty have the same challenges you do in your course, that you wish you knew more about how other ELI courses work, and that you don't really feel a sense of community with your ELI colleagues.
All of this is difficult to remedy with limited space at ELI, Northern Virginia traffic, and the many responsibilities that keep all of us from taking much time to sit and talk to colleagues even when we are in the same place. (For those of you who teach on campus, I'm betting that you rarely have detailed discussions with your hallmates about pedagogy, even though they're right there with you several days a week.)
So let's try an experiment. Here's a blog for us to use as one spot for developing some community. I will post interesting links, articles, and information I come across, and will pose questions and issues I hope you'll find engaging. You'll do the rest, using the comments sections to dialogue with each other. If this is useful and it catches on (whether among a small group, or a lot of you), great. If it's not useful, we'll send it off to the blog graveyard and find other ways of coming together to help each other teach better online.
Let's start with this question for discussion: what topics do you want me to post on? Or in other words, what issues, problems, questions, etc. do you want to hear from your colleagues about in this forum?
I look forward to hearing from you.