Between our October and November C2.0 meetings, with the collaboration of Maria and the CTL's Josephine Corso, I designed a connecting activity. In this seminar, as in every seminar I lead, we try to provide faculty with learning experiences that emulate what their students may experience as faculty design different types of activities.
A couple of months ago I realized (duh!) that the fundamental experience of connecting and collaborating with other learners online was missing from Community 2.0. In conjunction with the Hybrid/Online Seminar, Maria and I designed an activity in which C2.0 and H/O seminar participants, assigned in small groups with 2 or 3 participants from each seminar, would collaborate on doing research that they would theoretically be presenting at a conference or publishing in a journal. The research related to social pedagogy…ah, one of our favorite topics!
It seemed so simple at first. Get the pairs or triads working together with their colleagues, have them gather sources in diigo.com – a great social bookmarking platform that lets you annotate and comment and reply to each others’ comments on actual web pages. Then the groups would come up with a 150-word abstract for their article or presentation, and a working title for it, and tada!
The description and instructions are HERE.
Sounds doable, right?
Sounds doable, right?
Well, maybe…but given the fact that C2.0 only had 2 more meetings for our year together, and we needed a common platform for the groups to be able to communicate…and that there was at least one or maybe more steps I had completely forgotten to plan for…it eventually became clear that this idea was much more ambitious than I had realized.
Rather than overload everyone at this point in the semester, we decided to table it for now, and focus on finishing up any loose ends – like providing support for those doing their connecting activities, and focusing on the in-depth year-end reflection that is a hallmark of C2.0. We also decided to encourage the reflection as offering major potential for participants to use as the basis of generating an actual article or presentation.
Planning the activity, even though we didn’t actually do it, was a great learning experience about how easy it is to get way too complicated. It also gave me a new and deeper appreciation for what all of you have been doing with your connecting activities.