General forums

Forum Description Discussions
This is a "one-way" news / notices forum that we'll use for notifications that everyone in the course will receive. We'll use them to give you a heads-up and then point you to the relevant forum where further discussion may take place.

We've tried to minimize email overload as only this forum ...
OPEN forum
An open forum for chatting or posting "big picture" questions. Your choice.
Weekly Reflections

We ask you to engage in reflective practice throughout this course, personally and with your peers. You suggest you keep personal learning notes or a journal. You can review the FLO Design rubric or simply capture your challenges or "aha" moments.

We'll pose a weekly "focus-question" for you to ...


Learning forums

Topic Forum Description Discussions
Week 1 - Getting Started Introductions Forum

Use this forum to introduce yourself briefly. Try to respond to at least one other introduction in the first week; keep coming back as you have time. It is really worthwhile to get to know other participants in this course.

As you introduce yourself, you could describe:

  • where you work and what ...
Week 1 Studio Forum

Innovation Studio - Penn State

The weekly studio forums are intended as a "check-in" and a report of your progress each week.

For this first week of FLO Design, we ask that you:

  • Post a quick summary of your interview. Edit the subject field of your post so that it lists the name of your interviewee.
  • Clarify any ...
Week 2 - Sparks to Design Week 2 Sparks Forum

During this week, we'll explore some instructional (learning) design stories that reflect different approaches to online course design.

We'll present and explain some examples during our optional synchronous Zoom session (and post the recording here).

We encourage you to post questions or to share...

Week 2 Studio Forum


The weekly studio forums are a place where you can share your progress, your questions, your challenges with others.

For this second week of FLO Design, we ask that you post a topic thread indicating:

  • your chosen instructional (learning) design approach (see the Week 2: Overview book),
  • any ...
Week 3 - Projects Under Construction Week 3 Studio Forum

The weekly studio forums are a place where you can share your progress, your questions, your challenges with others.

For this third week of FLO Design, we ask that you post a topic thread indicating:

  • a visualization of your Design Project plan,
  • an updated plan description incorporating changes ...
Week 4 - Showcase Designs Week 4 Studio Forum

studio learningThis is the final Studio Forum for the FLO Design Workshop.

We'll use this forum to reflect on each participant's "showcase" presentation of their final Unit Plan and prototype learning activity.

If you're unable to attend (or present) during the synchronous sessions, we'll post recordings.

If ...

Week 4 Looking Back/Looking Forward

Final reflective activityLooking Back

For your final week's reflections, we're asking you to review your experiences throughout the course. As you flip through your learning journal or review your weekly Reflections forum postings - what still resonates?

Did you notice a pattern in the way you participated, what engaged ...

Pre-Course ORIENTATION Orientation Place

A forum for pre-course orientation activities.