Unit 1 Readings

Required Readings

(15 pages, in all, + 3 short videos)

  • Schwier, Richard A. (2002). Shaping the Metaphor of Community in Online Learning Environments (pdf). University of Saskatchewan, Paper presented to the International Symposium on Educational Conferencing. The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, June 1, 2002. 8 pages.
    Note: This fairly short paper discusses the elements of community and suggests implications for online learning communities. It is a fast, enjoyable read that while pointing to challenges also suggests ways to meet them.

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  • Online Teaching Tips (5:11 min YouTube video)
    Note: Several profs giving tips: how to communicate, set expectations, presence, podcasts/videos.
  • Using myCourses - Online Facilitation strategies re: Online Discussions (6 min. YouTube video)
    Note: At 1:45 there is a nice piece on instructor presence in online discussions and at about 3:41 there is about a minute about using a tool (Adobe Connect) like Blackboard Collaborate.
  • e-Portfolios for starters (3:08 min. YouTube video)
    Note: Great little animated video that explains what ePortfolios are and how they can be of use to University faculty! Notice its mention of blogs.

And just for fun....