Howard Rheingold
17 min readDec 5, 2021


Learners first, pedagogy second, media third.

Students who successfully complete this course will be on the way to mastering the 21st century meta-skill of knowing how to learn to use new social media, to assess a new social medium’s potential cognitive, social, and political impact, and to tune or relinquish use of the medium for their own purposes. In addition, students will have practiced mindful self-observation of the ways they use their own attention. Increased facility at inquiry and collaboration are other meta-skills dedicated students should expect to gain: the methodology of collaborative inquiry used in this course generalizes beyond the classroom.

Teaching online is more work

Synchronous Media

Asynchronous Media


Social Bookmarks and Tagging

Social Annotation

What Media to Use and How

Some Resources:



Howard Rheingold

Independent thinker, online instigator, novice educator, expert learner, offline gardener.