Apparently, I’m speaking on a Sunstone panel about online resources for LDS teaching. (I’m not quite sure how this happened, but it’s probably Kristine’s fault.) The panel is populated with familiar faces from the blogs, and the abstract is this:
The explosion of online publishing has created a proliferation of lesson helps, hints, and resources for the LDS teacher. These span an enormous range of ortho- and heterodoxies and offer a fascinating picture of how Correlation works (and doesn’t) in the 21st century. Join creators and users of some of these resources for a discussion of how gospel teaching can be enhanced by new possibilities for communication.
I’m sure that Kristine and Emily and Tresa have already prepared detailed remarks. (Emily’s blog runs on a biweekly schedule, for Heaven’s sake.) Me, I’m planning on jotting down a few thoughts on the back of an envelope on the flight over. One thought which I might jot down (oops, I’m revealing a very small, hopefully forgivable, amount of planning in advance) is “crowdsourcing” — that is, using internet forums to ask questions.
In the right contexts, crowdsourcing can be very helpful. It tends to work best for generalized inquiries (“what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”) rather than very specific questions (“how credible are McLellin’s claims about Priesthood restoration?”) (although the latter is possible sometimes too, especially if Ardis or Justin are in the room).
So, let me ask a few general questions to T&S readers:
-What are some of your favorite online resources for LDS teaching?
-Do you use the blogs as teaching resources?
-How have online resources changed your teaching?
and, Do you have any success stories about using online teaching resources?
Please reply in comments. I appreciate all replies; and some of you may end up being cited in my talk on Saturday morning.