POT Cert Week 7 commenced on Sunday 14th October, and the topic was ‘Building Community in Your Online Classroom’. Having been tasked to create a post initiating a discussion about something that we’ve covered in the course so far, it constituted the first part of a two-week community-style discussion. However, I was away on a course last week and was unable to attend to my POT Cert studies; absent without leave no less!! This is a shame as I really believe that creating a sense of community is a vital aspect of learning, not just online learning.
Any how, I figure I’m not going to kick-off any further discussion at this stage but spend my time instead looking over the discussions already under way and offer comments where I feel that I can add something. I’ll consolidate my learning in my next blog post.
P.S In relation to Twitter and creating a community, or personal learning network, I’ve been using Twitter now for almost 2 years. I started investigating it as a Masters student, both in terms of its potential for teaching and learning and as a tool for professional development. I have to say that Twitter really opens up a lot of opportunities and exposes you to what’s currently happening in your field. Most definitely, it can be leveraged pedagogically as well.