Create a communication and engagement plan
As we approach the end of this course, we’ll be doing something a little bit different. There won’t be much content from the facilitators; rather, I’d like you to use your 10 minutes for this post to create a communication and engagement plan for your course. If you are not currently teaching, create a plan for a course you might teach soon or would like to teach. Think about what sorts of activities or strategies you could create to help foster engagement, based on the principles we’ve discussed throughout this course. Just share some notes or dot points about what you plan to do in the comments (videos are always welcome, if you are feeling adventurous).
You could include the following:
- How will you start off your course? (Icebreaker activity, welcome email, etc)
- What expectations will you set for students in terms of engagement and communication?
- What are your expectations for your own participation, and the participation of the other teachers in your course?
- How is participation encouraged? Why should students do it? How is participation connected to the course or program learning outcomes?
- Is participation or engagement assessed? If so, how?
- What tools will you use to communicate with students? (Email, forums, live chat, etc)
- What strategies will you apply to managing the forums or discussions?
- What will you do if engagement from students is lacking?
- How will you address the concerns of Gourlay and Dennen (from the Day 4 post) about mandatory student engagement privileging some students over others?
Share your plan in the comments, and give some feedback to your colleagues.