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Teaching as Community Management: Engaging Learners through Online Discussions


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Alex Enkerli’s talk at Concordia’s e.SCAPE conference, April 4, 2013

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Teaching as Community Management: Engaging Learners through Online Discussions

  1. 1. Teaching as Community Management Engaging Learners through Online Discussions Alex Enkerli, Concordia e.SCAPE, April 4, 2013 @enkerli #TchCM
  2. 2. Context As we’re moving away from the Industrial-Era classroom, new models for learning are emerging. From the “flipped classroom” to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), technology and pedagogy are intersecting in potentially interesting ways.
  3. 3. Summary This session focuses on an approach to teaching which benefits from online interactions. By playing the role of a community manager, a teacher can use forums and other simple tools to broaden learning experiences and, hopefully, enhance learner engagement.
  4. 4. Learning Objectives 1. Imagine opportunities for transforming a class into a community. 2. Conceive of pedagogical implications behind online discussions. 3. Create appropriate expectations as to the use of technology in teaching.
  5. 5. Elwood64151, at the English Wikipedia project [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC- BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons Community Management
  6. 6. Quilt of belonging at the Inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Photographer: Nick Wolochatiuk. Community
  7. 7. Enabling Action
  8. 8. Par Dake, Mysid [CC-BY-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons Learning Network
  9. 9. By BrendelSignature [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons Class=Community
  10. 10. By Irina.stelea [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Beyond Classroom
  11. 11. Blended Learning
  12. 12. Forums
  13. 13. Prompt
  14. 14. Reply
  15. 15. Student Prompt
  16. 16. Student Enquiry
  17. 17. Driven by Students
  18. 18. Platform Agnostic
  19. 19. Peer Ratings
  20. 20. Class to Community?
  21. 21. Change in Pedagogy?
  22. 22. Appropriate(d) Technology?
  23. 23. Alex Enkerli @enkerli and @iethnographer