"Creating Collaborative Communities" was the second class that I took in the certificate program, and it broadened my understanding about the ways in which online courses could be interactive and community-based. One of my major concerns about teaching online was that I would miss what I loved most about teaching: the contact and interaction with and between students. During this class, those reservations waned, and I began to realize just how exciting and interactive online learning could be.
EDUC 761--Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
Course Description: Concepts, methods, and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Develop a personal philosophy that reflects learning theory and guides online instruction that creates an environment for reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration.
2. Analyze the role of the online facilitator and develop strategies to implement, encourage, and manage interaction in the online classroom.
3. Demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines, and procedures to establish a productive, engaging e-learning environment.
4. Frame critical thinking questions and design discussion prompts that lead to effective learning in the online classroom.
5. Apply understanding of learning differences when facilitating an online community of practice.
6. Evaluate application ideas for online discussions using recognized criteria and professional references and apply current research about successful teaching strategies to guide students before, during, and after case scenarios, brainstorming, role playing, and reaction postings.
7. Develop a facilitation eportfolio of useful tools, tips, and facilitation techniques as well as the beginning of 70-30 course preparation developed during the course.
University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University (Online Facilitation Skills)
- I made sure to add my name to this page since it is the homepage for this course.
- The font size and color were changed to be more consistent and easier to read for all people. I particularly did away with the green, which could pose a problem for color blind individuals.
- Although it wasn't a suggestion, around Week 6, I did a major overhaul on the look of this page. I deleted the pictures I had for each module's work and just added buttons (with links) on the left-hand side.
- Checked all buttons to make sure that they linked to the correct page; I was having a problem with this in the dropdown menu, but it is now fixed.