Monday, 06 March 2017 22:18

Module 5 and the Digital Foothold

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In response to questions about Module 5, I thought I would expand somewhat on the module and on the notion of a ‘Digital Foothold’ to support those of you who may be having trouble connecting with a professional learning community (PLC).

In Module 5, you are asked to “establish a set of ideas about Collaborative Inquiry (based on course content) that you feel are relevant to the identified Professional Community.” These ideas come out of your burning questions and your intentions toward the PLC. Herein lies the overlap with Module 4.

“Once the Professional Community and set of Collaborative Inquiry ideas have been established then each participant is to establish a connection with the Professional Community.”

If:

  • the Professional Community can be accessed physically then the participant can do so directly.
  • the Professional Community can be accessed virtually then the participant can do so by joining into the on-line forum/discussion.
  • the Professional Community isn’t able to be accessed, but the participant has a desire to join it sometime in the future, then the participant can create a “digital foothold”.
    • You can use a website, blog (using WordPress or Blogger, etc.)
    • If you have not connected with a PLC, you could also write more generally about PLCs, and go back to your burning questions to help guide your discussion.

“Evidence of this link (connection) can be in the form of a write-up about the physical interactions; write-up and screen shots of the virtual interactions; or a write-up and link to the “digital foothold” that was created by the participant”

The ‘write-up’ is loosely defined and so could include:

  • A set of ideas about collaborative inquiry based on your readings for this course. You should draw heavily on your concept map and montage to highlight the how and the why of collaborative inquiry.
  • Demonstration of the practical application of your write up in the form of your interactions with the community
  • Some form of conclusion or result from your interactions with the community.

In the case of those who create a digital foothold,

  • A set of ideas about collaborative inquiry based on your readings for this course. You should draw heavily on your concept map and montage to highlight the how and the why of collaborative inquiry.
  • Demonstration of, or discussion of barriers to connecting with a community. What stopped you from being able to collaborate, or at least inquire about the possibility of collaborating?
  • Link to a portfolio that contains the above two elements.

Your reports about connecting to a Professional Community are to be posted in the D2L Discussion – Our Professional Communities by the end of Module 5 such that they can be shared and discussed during the course closure.

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Dr. Paul Leslie

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