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Conversations in the Cloud: Strategies for Implementing Open Reflective Writing Experiences

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In these sessions we explore a range of ways to support students in sharing their experiences, reflections and discussions outside of class in a more open manner – through digital communication platforms and tools. As part of this series, you will redesign one course activity or assessment strategy for implementation in a course in Fall 2016.

Throughout the three part series we will engage in a simulation using a shared and collaborative WordPress blog thereby modeling approaches to implementing open reflective writing. Various models of using WordPress in education will be explored including individual student reflective writing sites, collaborative community course sites, and aggregated sites.

By the end of these sessions participants will:
-experience taking part in a collaborative reflective writing community
-plan a learning activity which makes use of this technique
-share their experiences implementing within their discipline

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Conversations in the Cloud: Strategies for Implementing Open Reflective Writing Experiences

  1. 1. Conversations in the Cloud Strategies for Implementing Open Reflective Writing Experiences
  2. 2. Welcome to this three part course • Our goal is to explore ways in which we can enable open reflective writing and debate with our students • You will have an opportunity to build a learning activity which makes use of this technique • You will have an opportunity to take part in a collaborative reflective writing community • We will then share our experiences implementing this within our discipline Image from Ng'ambi, D. (2010) Mobile Learning in Africa: a case of anonymous SMS http://www.slideshare.net/Ngambi1MLearning/
  3. 3. What has prompted this series? • My own experience in CSCW 586 • In a single term course we produced • 364 Reflective blog posts • 1,020 Comments by peers • Blogs and comments on readings were worth 35% of the course grade • Was it worth it? https://cscwuvic2015.wordpress.com
  4. 4. The Disposable Assignment • These are assignments that students complain about doing and faculty complain about grading. They’re assignments that add no value to the world – after a student spends three hours creating it, a teacher spends 30 minutes grading it, and then the student throws it away. • What if we changed these “disposable assignments” into activities which actually added value to the world? Then students and faculty might feel different about the time and effort they invested in them. I have seen time and again that they do feel different about the efforts they make under these circumstances. (Wiley, 2013) Wiley, D. (2013). What is Open Pedagogy? Iterating Toward Openness Blog, October 21, 2013. http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2975 Also see: Hendricks, C. (2015). Non-Disposable Assignments in Intro To Philosophy. You're The Teacher: Teaching & Learning, and SoTL, in Philosophy, August 18, 2015. http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2015/08/18/non-disposable-assignments-intro-philosophy/
  5. 5. Questions to consider • How do we currently access student writing? • How do we currently facilitate student discussions? Specifically for experiential learning • How do students demonstrate their learning during their placement? • How can open reflection be used to demonstrate their learning?
  6. 6. Some examples
  7. 7. UNIV 291 Courses • Virginia Commonwealth University • Single credit course which required students to engage in small research projects during a community bike race • Topics ranged from diversity/culture, art/media/communication, team dynamics, inside the sport, community issues, business of cycling http://richmond2015.vcu.edu/courses.html
  8. 8. UNIV 291 Event Planning and Promotion • Short course outputs ranged from a series of reflective posts to the creation of videos and media • All of the artefacts created in the course are openly available providing visible evidence of the students work • The open artefacts also become a university and wider community resource http://rampages.us/manika/
  9. 9. Community support networks at VIU http://wordpress.viu.ca/ddcc/ http://wordpress.viu.ca/mbaenglish/ http://wordpress.viu.ca/viuasc/ • Multi-author sites created to support VIU students and communities
  10. 10. VIU Faculty of Education Post Baccalaureate Program • All support for the program moved to open access • Building archive of capstone community action projects into the site for future learners • Students also develop professional practice ePortolios over many years in the program https://wordpress.viu.ca/pb6education/
  11. 11. Student Projects and Portfolios http://studentblogs.viu.ca/erringtontkd/ http://studentblogs.viu.ca/knyvan/
  12. 12. CSCW 586 • Single course site, all students as participant and peer reviewers • Weekly reflections on readings and peer review of reflections • Many students responded to comments on their reflections
  13. 13. Biology 325 • All students built and maintained their own site • Posts were aggregated into a parent site • Tasked with creating two articles on a local bird species of their choice • Comments emerged as students reviewed one another's work http://wordpress.viu.ca/biol325
  14. 14. http://phylogame.org/ • Student generated cards representing aspects of biodiversity • An open resource which can evolve and grow over time
  15. 15. http://studentblogs.viu.ca/http://wordpress.viu.ca/
  16. 16. Get social • Any direct link to a post, page or media object on a site can be shared via social networks • There are ways to track these interactions to see how our work is being used Growing Social Media | Flickr - By mkhmarketing Licensed with Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic / CC BY 2.0
  17. 17. Opportunities for discussion, peer review, and feedback
  18. 18. Self reflection • Individual access • Ongoing One to one reflection • Controlled access • Small group size • Synchronous or asynchronous Group reflection • Controlled access • Medium group size • Synchronous or asynchronous Open reflection • Open access • Supports network formation • Synchronous or asynchronous • Discoverable • Provides resource for future learners
  19. 19. Privacy controls • Allow search engines to index this site – open to the world • Visible only to registered users of this network –available only to the VIU community • Visible only to registered users of this site – available only to people I add to the site • Visible only to administrators of this site – available only to people I add to the site as administrators
  20. 20. Potential configuration for using VIUBlogs Single faculty authored site (faculty eportfolio, course site, project/research site) Multiple faculty authored site (faculty community, department, community of practice) Shared faculty and student community site (course site, shared project reflections)
  21. 21. Multiple student sites (individual student reflections, eportfolios) Multiple student sites aggregated to parent site (individual student reflections, eportfolios)
  22. 22. Potential benefits • Showcase VIU students in community • Provides resources for future students • Gives students choice in terms of how they present their work • Provides opportunities to showcase multimedia demonstrating work done and experiences had • Opportunity to develop literacies around publishing on the open web including best practices, basic copyright, and the organization of content • Students can take their work with them when as they advance
  23. 23. Next steps • What sort of projects might we pilot together? • What configuration for using VIUBlogs might work best for you? • How can open student reelections be incorporated into your current learning designs? • Can we start drafting the components of a reflective entry compilation of entries (for experiential learning) or a significant online discussion (for MBA) http://wordpress.viu.ca/conversationsinthecloud/
  24. 24. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning michael.paskevicus@viu.ca Follow me: http://twitter.com/mpaskevi Blog: http://wordpress.viu.ca/ciel Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi

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