By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Now that our blog has a new name, I wanted to take some time to think about how other things might change around here.

As I mentioned in a previous announcement, we changed the name from Ask CCIT to Forward Thinking to better represent the voices that speak through our blog. It’s not just a soap box for CCIT to shout from. Forward Thinking is a place where any educator anywhere can share their wisdom with the world.

With that in mind, I’ve thought up a few goals for the next six months or so. If we hit these, then we can say that Forward Thinking is growing into its new name.

Goal 1: Host at least one contributor outside of Delaware Tech

The blog has always been a place where instructors at Delaware Tech, particularly new faculty, can show the world what’s going on in their classroom. But I know we have readers from outside of the institution–even from around the world–and I’d love to see a few of them come out from hiding and share.

So if you’ve been lurking in the shadows for a while and want to become a more prominent member of the Forward Thinking community, check out our submission guidelines. Don’t be shy!

Goal 2: Fill the comment boxes

A conversation goes two ways (or more!), so if we want to start meaningful conversations about what matters most in teaching in learning, we need more input from the community. Over the next six months, I’d love to see a comment for every post, and a reply to every comment.

If you’re a frequent reader, and you like what you see, consider letting the author know. If someone raises a point you disagree with, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Dialogue is how ideas are developed.

Start with this post. Once you’re done reading, leave a comment and let me know what you think we can do to achieve these goals.

Goal 3: Share the love

In the social media age, everyone loves to share. So, over the next few months, I challenge you to share more on CCIT’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Whenever you come across a handy resource, a challenging website, or a funny video, share it with us so that you can share it with the entire Forward Thinking community. At the moment, you can use the hashtag #askccit to share tweets in the feed on the sidebar (we’re still working on finding a new hashtag to reflect our new name–suggestions welcome).

I can’t make these goals happen. You can’t make these goals happen. Only WE can. So if you enjoy what you read on the blog and want to help it grow to its full potential, I invite you to join us in thinking forward about Forward Thinking.

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