Re-imagining online learning communities with equity, creativity, and care (Transcript of my keynote at Vancouver Community College, 25.02.2021)
Keynote held at Teaching, Learning and Research Symposium
25.02.2021, Vancouver Community College
When I was doing an online training on Virtual Exchange, I had to contribute posts and comments to a forum, which had been set up specifically for this course in the Learning Management System. There was a new forum thread each week. The minimum requirement for the course completion was to make at least one post and one comment per thread. Although I was interested in the topics, I felt almost physical pain every time when I had to visit the forum. However, I did what was needed and I completed the course eventually.
In another online course, we were working in groups of seven. The course was demanding, requiring the participants to consult background sources, write a blog, have two video meetings per week, attend regular webinars, and prepare a group presentation every second week. I was flourishing as a learner. I attended all the meetings, watched all the webinars, wrote my blog, and read more sources than what was required. I felt united with the group. We even made friends. I experienced a sort of team flow. Since this course gave me so much as a learner, I joined the team later as a co-facilitator.