Week 3 Activities & Webinars

Please begin by reading and reviewing the topic  Create community: Connect learners with each other.

Objective: Decide how you will “build community” in your online courses.

 Blackboard Collaborate Webinar Sessions

How to make discussion boards effective learning tools
  • Examples of exemplary, mediocre, and poorly written post.
  • Tips for constructive guiding questions.
  • Tips for managing discussion board responses

By Dr. Heather Farmakis

Heather Farmakis, Ph.D. has extensive experience in professional development, distance learning, and online instructional design both in K-12 and higher education. She has presented at national and state conferences on professional development and online learning and recently published her ebook, iLearn: Tips and Tricks for Online Learners for students new to online learning.

Weekly Roundup

Join our session of highlights from the week.

Thursday September 26th, 1 pm- 2 pm, Hawaii Standard Time (HST). World Clock 


Create a sensemaking  artifact

  1. Pick and Choose.
  2. Remix and Re-purpose.
  3. Share.

 Discussion Questions

  1. How does teamwork in an online class change the course dynamics?
  2. How do you prepare, help and facilitate learners to work in teams in an online course?
  3. How do you move the community through the phases of learner engagement and evolving expectations?
  4. How do you use prompts to move discussion through the cognitive phases, of  Triggering event > Exploration > Synthesis > Resolution?
  5. How would you facilitate and guide students who are “lost or off track” to help them reach the stated course objectives and outcomes?
  6. Discussion Forums
    1. What were the characteristics of online discussion posts that you thought were of exceptionally high quality?
    2. How would you create a discussion to elicit deep meaningful learning?
    3. What criteria would you use in a rubric for assessing a discussion?
  7. Live Interaction
    1. What are the benefits and limitations of emerging types of synchronous online learning?
    2. How can asynchronous and synchronous e-learning complement each other in learning online?
  8. Reply to other participant posts.
Suggested Reflections
  1. In your blog share some of your reflections of what you have learned this week.
  2. In particular, reflect on your experiences of two different facilitation styles or strategies for promoting critical thinking. What are the implications for the facilitation of online courses?

Activity Reflection

Please post a reflection that addresses what you did this week, why you did what you did, and what you would do differently in the future. Your reflection will be framed by three broad questions: What? So what? What now?

  1. What?
    1. Briefly describe what you did.
  2. So what?
    1. Describe why you did what you did. What are your feelings about what you did?
    2. How will this help you?
    3. What did you learn from the experience?
  3. What now?
    1. What changes did you make?
    2. What will you do differently in the future?
    3. What do you still have to learn?

Wear a hat when you comment

There are six different thinking roles you will be playing when you comment on artifacts.  The thinking roles are identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus your thoughts and comments about the artifact.

  1. The White Hat calls for information known or needed. “The facts, just the facts.”
  2. The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
  3. The Black Hat is judgment – the devil’s advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
  4. The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
  5. The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
  6. The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process.

Video of the week

Dr Brené Brown has spent the past twelve years carrying out ground-breaking research into vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.A best-selling author and award-winning educator, Dr Brown’s books and talks have been hugely influential in tackling the myth that vulnerability is a weakness.She argues that it is only by embracing vulnerability and imperfection that we can live life with courage and authenticity. Recognising and acting on this insight has the power to transform the way we engage in our families, organisations, schools and communities.
Essential question:

I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. And I’ve come to the belief … that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage — to be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest. So let me go on the record and say, vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation,creativity and change. To create is to make something that has never existed before. There’s nothing more vulnerable than that. - Brené Brown


If vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change how can you teach your students to be more creative using the Internet?

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