Blog Challenge Activites

Activity 1: Set up your blog

  1. UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
    • Update your name.
    • Change your password.
    • Update your contact information.
  2. UPLOAD YOUR AVATAR
    • Select a photo or create your avatar using an online tool.
    • Resize your image to 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.
    • Upload and crop the image
  3. CHECK YOUR SETTINGS
    • Select your timezone
  4. CUSTOMIZE YOUR BLOG THEME TO YOUR COURSE
    • Change your theme, header (course name)and background.

Activity 2: Create your first blog post (sensemaking artifact) and comment on other blog posts.

  1.  Create a blog post (sensemaking artifact)that provides some understanding of why you love to teach. What gets you up in the morning? What’s your core reason for doing what you do? Everybody has a reason WHY, but we can lose sight of our WHY, and so we want you to reclaim and embrace it!
    • Write an attention grabbing title
    • Insert a link
    • Use short paragraphs
    • Write the first sentence of each paragraph to make your readers want to read the rest of the paragraph.
  2. Comment on another learners blog post by analyzing OR asking a question that proposes answers.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 3: Share your WHY in a visual format.

  1. Create a blog post that includes a still image you create (this could be a photo of you holding up a sign – or something more imaginative, of course) that provides some understanding of why you love to teach.
  2. Tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  3. Comment on another learners image blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback

Activity 4: Embed a video in a post.

  1. Create a short clip, around 3-5 seconds in length, that provides some understanding of why you love to teach
  2. Upload your clip to YouTube.
  3.  How to upload a video to YouTube 
  4. Embed your clip in a blog post, and tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  5. Embedding Videos from Video Sharing Websites
  6. Comment on another learners blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 5: Create Pages and Menus

  1. Create a Course About Page that includes your course syllabus.
  2. Create a personal About Page that includes your posts about why you teach.
  3. Create a custom menu and add the pages you just created.

Activity 6:  Set up your widgets, tags and categories

Please complete the following:

  1. Setup your blogs sidebars and make necessary changes.
    • Remove unnecessary widgets you don’t need.
    • Add the custom menu widget. Add the menu to the custom menu widget that contains your 2 about me pages you create in activity 5.
  2. Create categories- go to Posts > Categories and set up the names of the new categories. Name one catagory about me.
    1. Assign your about me category to your why I teach posts using the Quick Edit action link menu in Posts > Edit.
  3. Add your Category widget t to your blog side bar
    • Remember categories won’t display in your Category widget until they have been assigned to a post
  4. Create a blog post called “Set up your widgets, tags and categories” and describe step-by step what you did what you did.

The Online Discussion Challenge

Discussion forums are one of  the most used platforms for online communication and community development.  A discussion forum is primarily a text-based mode of communication where someone will post a start to a threaded message and people will respond to that thread. Often, many threads can be going at the same time, with longer-lasting discussions. The design and structure of discussions with guidelines or “rules of the road” are a critical part of an online facilitator’s role.

In this four week online workshop you  will plan and develop asynchronous discussion forums, that are managed in ways that create high levels of online learning.

This online workshop takes place  in Laulima using the Laulima Forums tool.

 Your Goals

Week 1

  • Create an introductory discussion
  • Create encouraging courteous discussions

Week 2

  • Create a divergent question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to explore, and analyze, synthesize or evaluate knowledge, and project, or predict different outcomes.
  • Create an evaluative question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to reflect.

Week 3

  • Create a plan for a peer review discussion.
  • Create a discussion strategy that helps learners meet your course or assignment objectives.

Week 4

  • Create a strategy for facilitating online discussions
  • Create a strategy for summarizing discussions.

Register for The Laulima Challenge on January 8, 2014

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes. In this fun and interactive challenge, you will work with a partner to learn how to use Laulima’s basic tools so you can set-up your courses for the upcoming semester.

Bring your laptop, an electronic copy of your syllabus, and an assignment.

Visit The Laulima Challenge webpage for more info.

Laulima Tools

 Overview

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Laulima provides students with accessibility to course content and communication tools for interaction with the instructor and other students within the course. A course offered through Laulima can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet. Some courses will use Laulima as a supplement to their traditional face-to-face course. Other courses will deliver all of the course material, testing, and communication within Laulima as a totally online course.

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Overview

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes.

If this is your first time using Laulima or would prefer a more guided approach to using Laulima, consider registering for the Laulima Challenge workshop to get the basics you need to use Laulima as both a student and instructor.

For a self-service option, use the links in the left menu to get a jump start on a few things to do before, during, and at the end of the semester. Use the links on the right if you want to find specific information on a particular tool in Laulima.

 Educational Uses

  • Use as a course management site to manage all your course content, syllabus, activities, assessments, grades, etc.
  • Communicate with your students through Mailtool, Forums, Chat tools, and others.
  • See award-winning examples of how Leeward CC instructors use Laulima.