Situating Ourselves

For our community building introductory activity, we'll use this "Glossary" tool in Moodle to share our "situated introductions." Then we will use tags to reveal our careers, hobbies, interests, family, geographical location, and anything else that comes to mind, as a way to discover connections.

Choose one or more questions to respond to. 

Situate yourself in this world:

  • What communities claim you (are you part of)?
  • Who in your life has greatly inspired you and in what way?
  • What is one tradition that is important to you?  
  • What is one decision you made that has led to you being here today?
  • Describe a place that you are deeply connected to and why.

Situate yourself in this day:

  • How are you feeling today?
  • What is present in the background of this day? 

Situate yourself if this course:

  • What are you hoping to learn in this course?
  • What are your goals?
  • What do you bring that you want to share with the group?


  1. Click "add a new entry"
  2. Add your name at the top (beside "concept")
  3. Add your responses to the questions you chose (beside "definition"). Consider using images or video!
  4. Add tags at the bottom of the page (hit the ENTER key after each tag)
  5. Save changes
  6. Read what others have posted
  7. If it feels right, make some connections! You can add a comment to any glossary-introduction-post to ask about a shared tag, or anything else.
  8. Come back and edit anytime! Consider re-situating yourself any time during the course.
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by Gina Bennett - Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 2:37 PM

Situate yourself in this world:

  • Communities that 'claim' me: the town of Hope, BC, Nova Scotia (lived there for many years), public postsecondary, 
  • One decision leading to me being here today: long ago I decided to explore the subject of 'how distance education is different in rural communities'. I've been fascinated by the concept of 'community' ever since.
  • A place I feel connected to, and why: long ago, when I drove alone across Canada for the first time, I felt strangely connected to Sault Ste. Marie. If you've ever been there, you might wonder why the attraction. I certainly couldn't explain it at the time. I discovered years later that some of my relatives (aboriginal people) traded furs out of that region for many years.

Situate yourself in this day:

  • What's present in the background? Gorgeous blue sky. Almost no wind at all (unusual). Lots of golden leaves on the maples & a faint hint of burning leaves in the air. Steller's jays arguing over the bird feeder in the back. 

Situate yourself if this course:

  • What do I bring that you want to share, and what am I hoping to learn? I want to share ideas about community, how it works (or doesn't) in online situations, how it contributes to a learning experience, how one might evaluate it.