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Cafe space

Somewhere to have 'off topic' discussions, to relax and have a chat with a mug/glass of your virtual beverage of choice.

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Technical problems?

Post here to ask for help if something's not working for you. And feel free to answer other people's posts if you can advise, and to post useful tips about getting the most out of the technology.

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Learning forums

Topic Forum Description Discussions
1: Inducting Task 1: Arrivals lounge (5 minutes)

Post in this forum to say hello and let us know you've arrived safely.

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Task 5: Share your ideas (up to 2 hours in lots of small chunks)

Talk about induction, ice breakers, and preparing to learn online. Share your previous experiences of online learning and teaching, and your hopes for future ones.

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2: Designing Task 2: Contribute to inventory of online activities (badge activity) (no more than 2 hours)

Designing activities badgeThink about an activity you have used, or one you’ve encountered as a learner. Pick a framework to describe it, and share that in the ‘sharing learning activities’ discussion board. Think about what your activity is trying to achieve - you might want to include a short narrative about the design ...

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Task 3: Learning design discussion (no more than 1 hour)

This is a space to talk about learning designs. What makes online activities different from face-to-face ones? How can you best represent your learning designs? How useful are the different models you've looked at? Are different ones suitable for different groups of people, eg experienced ...

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Task 4a: course visits discussion

Share your thoughts about the activities you've seen on the other courses you've visited. What makes them interesting? Are there any changes you'd make in your context? How might you represent the activity in one of the models we've looked at?

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3: Collaborating Group discussions

This is your group working space for the collaborative writing activity - you will only be able to see discussion posts from your own group.

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Task 2: Discussing collaborative working (no more than 1 hour total in several short interactions)

In the small group activity (Task 1) you experience working in an online team. In this task we ask you to reflect on that experience and more broadly the complexities of supporting online groups. What are some of the key ingredients for designing a good online group work activity? What resources ...

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4: Supporting Critique of Scenario A

Please post your critique of scenario A here and respond to other postings from other participants.

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Critique of Scenario B

Please post your critique to Scenario B here and respond to other participants postings.

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Task 3: Planning support in the online environment and evaluating critical incidents (this should take no more than 1 hour)

On reflection of the week 4 resources (support in the online environment videos) and key readings, write a short statement (no more than 250 words) about strategies you could employ in order to enhance student support and prevent or minimise critical incidents. Post your output on the discussion ...

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5: Assessing Task 1: Assessing the small group presentations (no more than 90 minutes) (badge activity)

Assessing learning badgeTake another look at some of the small group presentations done in week 3. (Link to public Google drive folder of pdfs of them here.) Prepare a proposal for an effective means of assessing this task. What criteria should be used? Who should be involved in the marking and feedback process? How ...

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Task 2: Assessing online contributions (no more than 1 hour)

This week, our plenary discussion focuses on the assessment of students' online contributions. Specifically we ask you:

If your participation in this course were to be assessed, how should it be?

In deciding how you will contribute to this plenary activity, you might like to consider some of ...

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6: Articulating good practice Task 2: Articulating good practice (no more than 2 hours) (badge activity)

Early in the week each person should compile their own brief inventory of good practice in online tutoring, drawing on your own practice, research and experience and the four inventories that have been presented here -- Chickering & Gamson's 7 Principles, Salmon's 5 Stages, Macdonald's 3 ...

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