A quick update and overview as we move into week 3. I wanted to welcome Jennifer who joined us late last week from China – she is busy catching up and getting her blog updated, so you should see her feed coming in in the next few days.
We had our first Collaborate session last Wednesday. We had a few technical glitches (my slides would not load, and no recording) but it was great to meet those who could join at that time – Tashmyra, Fabian and Arlene, and we chatted a bit about goals, assessments and tools.
A few things to highlight as there was no recording:
- Assignment 1 is due at the end of week 4. We talked about adding some flexibility to this assignment, so that you can develop it not just as a paper, but as a video, audio, other multimedia overview, your own manifesto! or a series of reflective blog posts. As long as you can provide a rationale and evidence, tied to readings and theoretical underpinnings that we have covered you can choose the format. I will take a look at the marking rubric this week to make sure it fits with this flexible approach – will post an update on the assignments page in the next few days.
- Final project – we chatted about whether or not you want to approach this as a whole group or in two smaller groups. To brainstorm some ideas about what this final facilitation project will look like I have added a “pirate pad” to the final project description page for us to start chatting about it. I started out with a few ideas. Please add to it (add your name in).
- More live sessions. We were thinking 5 pm Wed. two weeks after our last session – so that would be next week (Feb 4th). You could comment on this post to let everyone know if that would work.
- Weekly summary (weaving) practice. One facilitation technique that you will explore further in weeks 5 and 6 is weaving – a way of summarizing discussions that highlights the contributions from everyone in the course. I will do the first few (will wait this week until everyone has posted their philosophy and response to the manifesto), but it is a great opportunity to practice during this course, so would like everyone to sign up to do one week (let’s start after week 3).
A few things we didn’t discuss:
- Discussions and Blog postings 15% – a big part of this course is exploring the concepts and ideas through others perspectives and experiences. Reading and commenting on each others posts is a big part of this, so go visiting or start a conversation on this post in the main blog. I will get you to do a formative self-assessment in about week 6, so make sure you take a look at the marking criteria.
- Anyone using twitter? Any interest in seeing how it might work in a course? Add your comments below, or start us off by using the hashtag #eddl5141 and posting something related to the course this week.
Moving to Week 3
There are quite a few readings for this week, and a reflective blog post on some of the similarities and differences in the teaching roles for online and F2F, but also a consideration of the main role of an online teacher. How do the readings for this week inform or change your thoughts about this role?