We just had our second Faculty Learning Day on the 28th of July, Saturday. This series of post is a quick round up of what I have learnt from the three sessions. If you missed the event or if you want to review the sessions, we will be uploading the videos. We will keep you posted on the video upload. You can also check out at http://tlc.unisim.edu.sg/tl_repository.htm
The key-note speaker for the event was Professor John Boyer and Ms Katie Pritchard from Virginia Tech. And the topic was: Building Community in Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face
Prof John Boyer started out with what is student engagement and led us on to how we can engage students and build communities using the social media tools.Here are my key-take-aways…
Here is his strategy for building a community of learners: the key is to create a suitable learning environment for such interaction and collaboration, to use the same language to communicate and to facilitate the communication. In other words, the strategy is to encourage than force. And one way to communicate with the students and speak the same language is to harness the potential of the web 2.0/social media tools to promote student engagement.
So, what are some of the tools that we can use to speak the same language as the students? The reality is there are countless . Prof. John had pointed out some of those he uses and their purposes.
While there are a diverse range of tools, what seems important is the clarity in deciding what tools to use, why and how to use (and also when).
In the subsequent posts I hope to introduce some of these tools. I am also aware that some of you may already be using these tools in your classroom and therefore you are likely to be the experts in this. So hope that you can share with us on what tools you are using and for what purpose. We will compile and share the information to benefit all of us. So do give your inputs in this below link: