This course applies the co-creation approach which relies on active participation. Co-creation means that you:
- Review the assigned material and comment on how it relates to learning objectives and your personal experiences
- Bring in new content and persuade others on why it is relevant
- Critically evaluate content and comments so that as the course progresses we develop a better shared understanding of the value and relevance of the material
Participation during Learnathons
Please read the material prior to each session so you can respond to the following:
- What are one or two key points you took away from each assigned reading?
- What are one or two summary points you learned from the set of readings of the session?
- If you were facilitating today’s discussion, what question would you ask your fellow classmates?
We will start each session with the above opening questions posed to students at random. If for some reason you feel unprepared to respond, you may say pass and I will call on another student. To earn full credit, keep the number of passes to a minimum.
An additional important aspect of class participation is completion of in-class assignments and contribution to break-out group activities.
Participation between Learnathons and Meetups
|COURSE1||Author 2 posts||Comment on 2 posts|
|COURSE2||Author 2 posts||Comment on 2 posts|
|Total||4 Posts||4 Comments|
A key approach to facilitate learning is to co-create content with the instructor and actively engage on an equal footing with others. Think of this activity as a form of class discussion; the class is a sandbox for you to learn, so your ideas don’t have to be fully formed. you don’t have to provide the answer, or attain perfection. The participation between Learnathons and Meetups is also an opportunity to integrate the tools and concepts from both courses. You are encouraged, though not required to incorporate concepts from both courses in your posts and comments. As part of this model, please:
- Author 2 new posts relevant to each course, i.e., 2 posts per course for a total of 4. Follow the class schedule for posting.
- Do write about a paragraph. Don’t write more than that. The post should be readable in one ‘screen full.’
- Do apply class concepts, terms, and theories.
- Do ask questions, pose ideas, provide explanations and examples backed by careful analysis.
- Do provide insights or resources on how to solve class related problems.
- Do include a picture or some kind of visual. It will grab the reader’s attention. You are more likely to get positive ratings and the maximum number of views.
- Don’t post copyrighted material (it is acceptable to paraphrase the material and link to the original source).
- Don’t post news releases about products without critical analysis.
- Don’t wait till the end of term to start. You will not get the credit.
- Comment on 2 existing posts relevant to each course, i.e., 2 comments per course for a total of 4, to provide thoughtful critique or added insights. Follow the class schedule for commenting.
- Do respond to a discussion question with your own analysis.
- Don’t agree (or disagree) without providing a reason.
- Do provide additional examples to illustrate the post.
- Do question the logic and analysis of the post.
- Important Note: Comments are closed automatically 14 days from the original post.
- Rate all student posts and comments. All ratings are tracked by the instructor, you will remain anonymous to your colleagues.
Grading: At the end of the term the instructor will count and review every post, comment, and rating. About 1/4 of the grade is for meeting the quantity guidelines above. The remaining 3/4 grade is for quality of participation. Quality is judged by: 1. Number of views – the number of people that read your post or comment, 2. Ratings – the number of high ratings, and 3. Review by the instructor – the depth and insights of the post/comment.
How to post, comment, and rate
- All students have ‘student’ level access to the class site. This means that you can post and edit new content on the class site.
- To confirm correct access, log-in by clicking on log-in above and to the right (use the Temple Accessnet id and password).
- At the top of this site, hover over + New and you will see Post. (if you don’t see the option, contact the instructor).
To add a new post
- Log-in and navigate to the class site.
- At the top of the screen, hover over + New and then click Post.
- Start typing your post.
- Use a descriptive title – this is important to encourage views – think of a newspaper style headline.
- Select the Student category on the right (this will allow the instructor to find the posts). Do not add new categories.
- Select or create new tags. Categories are for the type of post – tags are for the actual content. They are similar to keywords. Tags are displayed in “tag clouds” – the more a tag is used the larger the word appears in the tag cloud. So it is useful to pick existing tags.
- Tags are critical – we are using an unstructured medium – tags allow others to find your content.
- To add an image, use ImageInject, start a new post and scroll down until you see the ImageInject box.
- When done, click Publish on the right hand side.
To edit a post
- Locate the relevant post and click Edit next to the name.
- Locate the post you want to want to comment on, and click Leave a comment at the bottom of the post.
- Each post and comment on the site will have a rating bar underneath the post. Click the scale to rate.