Talking the Walk: Narratives of OLC: March 22-April 02, 2006

Talking the Walk: Narratives of Online Learner Collaboration
Paul BeaufaitPaul Beaufait
Description: On threads to extend from the Stories & Reflections connection (below), I, an Eagerfoot, want to elicit short stories of online learner collaboration. I invite you to share your best tales, and to reflect in turn upon those of others.

By sharing stories and then reflecting jointly upon emergent themes, paths, tensions, & havens; let us strive to illuminate philosophies, principles, and processes for fostering and facilitating online student collaboration. If all bodes well, we may even map the road ahead.

Early comers to SCoPE may see Talking the Walk as a follow-on to the Dance of the Instructional Designers that Vivian Neal facilitated (Oct. 31 - Nov. 20, 2005). More recent SCoPErs may see this as a spin-off from the Role of Online Communities in Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that Liz Wallace facilitated (Feb. 17 - Mar. 5, 2006). I'd like to invite participants from both those events to join in this telling.

Best need not mean most successful. Inspiration springs from efforts far less so than we might hope. So please stretch out, breathe in deeply, and type us a tale of online learner collaboration.

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say. (Tolkien

Tolkien, J. R. R. (no date). The Fellowship of the Rings. Retrieved March 13, 2006, from [QuoteLand]

DiscussionStarted byRepliesLast post
Welcome to Talking the Walk 12 Sylvia Currie
Elements of Collaboration, Appropriate Tools, and Suitable Strategies 3 chris macrae
OLC Stories & Reflections 22 Nick Noakes
Understanding Collaboration 34 Paul Beaufait