Posts made by Sylvia Currie


In the BCcampus installation of Moodle we use an annotation tool called Marginalia. It's a fantastic tool for adding your thoughts while reading forum posts. As a facilitator I use it a lot to be quietly active. You may also find it a useful tool for adding short acknowledgements, flagging items you'd like to return to, and just simply being present in a discussion. 

This is an example of how I used Marginalia just a few minutes ago. I'm sharing this also so you can learn about the important workaround to avoid error messages. 

Branca posted this reply in our Sharing and Feedback forum. Notice when I opened the post the subject has yellow highlighting. IMPORTANT! If you see the yellow, you need to refresh your browser before adding an annotation!


So... I refreshed, then highlighted some text in Branca's post, hit my "enter" key, then typed my annotation. That's it! Very simple, but frustrating if you don't refresh your browser first. There you go, you're ready to add annotations. It looks like this:



Photo by Belinda Fewings on UnsplashFor those who took a preview tour of the course this weekend you probably noticed that it didn't take long!

We've laid out 5 steps in 5 days so you can leave with your compelling discussion prompt in your back pocket along with tips and ideas for many more.

Almost everything you need is in the Activity Packet. Day 1 is all about the research phase and getting your creative juices flowing

Also, take a couple minutes to update your profiles and we'll use those as a way to get acquainted. (Click on your name anywhere it appears.)

Questions? Ask anything, anytime in the Open Forum.

Your facilitator,

Sylvia Currie 


Meta note about this prompt: 

This is a riff on a Liberating Structures activity called TRIZ. It can be very productive to think about what we must stop doing! 

I personally find this approach effective because it helps to bring forward our prior experiences in a fun and light way, and sometimes we begin to notice areas improvement in our own practice. It can pivot nicely into identifying what we might do differently in the future. 


To kick off our our week of exploring compelling discussion prompts let's come at this topic in reverse!
What are some things you could say in a discussion prompt that would guarantee a lackluster response from your students? 

Get creative! Get kooky!  


Donna, I'm glad you asked that question! 

BCcampus FLO courses remain available after the course end date. We give the conversations a chance to wind down then adjust the settings so there will be no further forum posts, etc. But you can come back to revisit at any time. It's your content! 

Having said that, I always like to add that this is our practice as long as I have my way. :) Copying what you want to take away is never a bad idea.