Creating Online Communities
When online course work is based in constructivism and authentic learning, a student's progress is seen through work on projects and contributions in discussion forums. Discussion forums are at the heart of online learning. By providing relevant learning resources and posing essential questions, the course facilitator leads the students to deeper thinking and in turn, deeper learning.
I have provided three examples of learning activities completed during the program that demonstrate my ability to create and facilitate discussion forums. The work displayed in Creating Connections demonstrates the important activities that set the stage for social learning. In this exercise, we developed an icebreaker activity and a welcome message that we would send to our students to provide a positive start to the learning experience.
The discussion forum located in Facilitating Discussion, was an opportunity to create a prompt and moderate the discussion using the Moodle learning platform. When you reach the page, look towards the bottom and in blue you will find my name. Click on my name and the record of the discussion I prompted and expanded will become available. To return to my website after viewing, close the Moodle window.
When you review Prompts, Extenders and Redirects, you will find examples of how I might facilitate a discussion for the Transition to Professional Practice course.
Please use the buttons to the left to access these examples.