We had a great turnout at our first synchronous session this afternoon - attendance peaked at 22 people and averaged at 20 - which is quite good for a group of 25. Thanks to all of you who attended and participated.
Here is the link to the session recording: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/fa33f1a4b98049bb8cad2bdd16bd5a65
It was good to hear/see the group all together - as well as to hear each of your personalities come through as we built our story together. I found it a good exchange even though we had so many participants.
Please let us know how the session went for you - was there anything that worked or didn't work especially well? Was there anything that you expected to be covered that wasn't? If you had been running that session how might you have done it differently? Facilitators love feedback :)
Below is a screen capture of the shared whiteboard activity - your individual expectations of this course - you may want to use this as a baseline to compare against once you've completed the course.
Thank you for posting the recording so quickly. The idea about getting the group talking about an event looks fun. Sorry I missed the session but it is 4:00 am where I am at noon PDT. I'll be attending any afternoon and evening synchronous presentations after about 2 pm PST
Thanks Doug - you've highlighted one of the challenges with synchronous online learning: the fact that participants may be distributed across vast geographical spaces and time zones - which may make realtime connections more difficult.
I'm interested in exploring your sense of feeling part of the community given your limited ability to join the synchro sessions. Would you say that the distance could have an impact on your engagement in the group?
Thanks for asking this important question. As long as the recordings are posted, I don't feel there is any less of a sense about feeling part of the community. I was following along with the story and thinking my answers to the questions!
Whether or not the facilitators are engaged with students by answering their posting has more of an effect on the sense of community. (as you and Ross are doing). I also find there is a difference when instructors join in on the exercise along with the group, especially for adult learners. The most amazing community building experience I've been a part of is when others in the class actually notice another participant has not answered and asks them for their opinion. If the classmates do not notice, then the facilitator can ask.
I've been reading some of the work the Open University in the UK does to encourage student engagement in synchronous sessions.
Hi Doug - I agree that this is of critical importance: Whether or not the facilitators are engaged with students by answering their posting has more of an effect on the sense of community.
I'm also with you regarding the importance of the group's sensitivity in eliciting responses from those who may not be expressing their ideas. Silence may be correlated with lack of trust.
Good to hear that you can still feel part of the community even with limited synchronous interaction - following along with the story and thinking my answers to the questions almost sounds like how we can be intellectually/emotionally drawn into television game show even though it has been prerecorded.
Appreciate the Open University link - lots to explore there :)