I had the honor of conducting a workshop on Authenticity at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach. The presentation was part of the Transformative Leadership conference organized by Atlantic University. I learned so much as I listened to the participants discuss what authenticity means to them.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is a great quote. In fact, you can find it attached to my email signature. But, what does it mean to be ourselves? Can we strip ourselves of our backgrounds? Are we not the products of society? Who are we as individuals at the core?
For Will Smith, being yourself comes naturally. He loves living. However, hard work and dedication comes first. Listening to Will Smith is inspirational. There so much that we can learn about ourselves from listening to others.
What is authenticity?
So what is authenticity and how does it relate to our lives? Why do we need it? What are the benefits and drawbacks to being authentic in our personal and professional lives? Being authentic may come with a price. People may trust you for being honest, but they may also dislike you for expressing what you think. Exposing yourself may make your vulnerable. People can take advantage if they find out your weaknesses. Where’s the balance?
Authenticity and the Online World
We are now connecting more and more to people around the globe for business, learning, and social connections. Can we trust the world of the Internet? Watch Chris Heathcote discuss Authenticity And Trust On The Internet. Where do you stand when it comes to trusting people and organizations they represent? Are you comfortable connecting online or do you prefer face-to-face communication? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each?
Online Authentic Learning
I was fortunate to meet Professor Jan Herrington, who is considered an expert on authentic learning, at the EdMedia conference in Denver in 2012. Authentic learning refers to meaningful learning because students are involved in activities that relate to real situations and not hypothetical ones. Watch and listen to Dr. Herrington talk about authentic learning.
Authentic Learning or Active Learning
I’ve been applying authentic learning to my EFL classes as well as to the professional development courses I give on Moodle and online facilitation. I don’t call it authentic learning. I refer to it as active learning.
Authenticity and WizIQ
I am an invited guest at the International Medical University in Malasia. Zaid Ali Alsagoff will be moderating the session via WizIQ Virtual Classroom. I will be presenting on authenticity and WizIQ. Can we trust the products and people we hear from in online webinars? What makes online communication authentic? Dr. Nellie Deutsch will discuss what it means to be authentic and where we stand when it comes to leading with authenticity in online learning environments such as WizIQ.
I’ve been presenting and teaching online through WizIQ since 2007. I remained with WizIQ because no other platform allowed me to be authentic. Join me as I discuss authenticity and my experience as a teacher on WizIQ.