Online Lasallian Pedagogy???

"Lasallian education is a value which we cannot afford (economically or ethically) to lose. Lasallian education provides relational, high quality education based in the belief that each student is a unique child of God. Lasallian educators believe in the transformative power of education. How then, do we translate that into the (inevitable) online classroom?"


In 2015, two faculty members from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota,  Elizabeth Seebach, PhD, professor and department chair for the Psychology Department, Lori Charron, PhD, professor in the Communication Department, published the findings of their research in a paper entitled:  Envisioning a Lasallian Online Pedagogy: Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher in a Digital Environment


This paper examines the question, “How do we remain true to our Lasallian pedagogy when teaching online?” To answer the question, faculty focus groups applied online teaching strategies to “The Twelve Virtues of a Good Master” (Agathon, 1785) which are seminal to Lasallian teaching practices. 


The intent of this study is to facilitate important dialogue about how we keep the rich Lasallian teaching tradition alive within online education. The application of The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher to online pedagogical strategies can serve as a structure for starting those conversations. Within our Lasallian educational systems, we hope to preserve that which is unique and vital to what we do as Lasallian educators by mindfully exploring ways to adapt to online education.


In the appendix of their paper, Seebach and Carron provide practical applications for each of the 12 virtues: gravity, silence, humility, prudence, wisdom, patience, reserve, gentleness, zeal, vigilance, and piety.

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