Monday, August 6, 2007

Week Two

Good things are happening in the facilitating eLearning communities course.

The Elluminate computer conferencing, discussions on Blackboard and the email group really got off to a good start. We already have lots of really interesting websites to explore contributed by lots of people. This is a similar posting to the Announcement on Blackboard and soon we will be weaning that off.

There has been some confusion about all the modes of communication, but lots of you have introduced yourselves on the Blackboard Discussion Board and been using the group email. It was great to see so many people with blogs already. Soon we will be mainly using the course blog for announcements and summaries...with a link from Blackboard in case you forget.

Well what is in store for us this week? Well the main topic is personas (link to material below) and activities are to do the following:

  1. Develop a group persona (Activity 2.1) - David has already started one on the Blackboard discussion forum - try and gravitate towards people with the same learning style - you will need to contact each other on email or instant messaging (chat).
  2. Set up your web log - this is where you will describe what you are learning and reflect on it and more - see assessment one in Assessments (Course Topics).
  3. Develop a persona for the class - this will happen once we have a few group personas.

Why do you need to know about personas and how do they help with online facilitation? This is the big question for this week.

I am currently analysing research data at the University of Wollongong and will be handing over to Leigh for the week....with one eye on the group email.


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