Making the Transition/Schedule

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Following is a sample schedule for a workshop. We have encouraged people to print this off, and stick it to their wall, enter the dates into their PDA/Calendar or whatever. Anybody wanting to run this workshop will need to carefully consider the structure for their own particular situation. Our schedule is reasonably simple – columns for conversational themes, activities and sandbox challenges.

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Copy of a possible schedule


One week on, one week off. Ten Weeks.



Application & practice


Playing with your online learning environment and the web.


0. Onramp Socialising of goals, expectations and timeline

Getting online


Find: cut and paste

1. Learning theory

Facilitation Interaction patterns

  1. Learning Stories: Describe any online experience where you were involved, as a participant or leader. What was set up? What did you do? What did you learn? What does a facilitator actually DO?
  2. Learning theory: the absolute minimum you need. Have a read. Comments?
  3. Nancy White’s article[1] . Read and reflect.
Find a link, find a quote on Online facilitation Choose a caption

Just three words Images


If there is a focus specifically on Web 2.0

Blog theme:

After you have done the activity, and read a few of the blogs, list some of the features of blogs. What makes a blog a blog? Blogs vs forums[2]

What is web 2.0? For now, concentrate on blogs, wikis, tags (Delicious) and RSS (Bloglines)

Find a blog, read it, post the URL with a brief description.

2. Design and structure of activities

Facilitator roles

  1. Conversations as vehicles of learning. Interaction patterns.
  2. Case studies of learning. Affordances.
Optional: Write a comment on a blog

Field Trip I [choose from list] Set up a discussion. Responses in forums. Skype (VOIP)

Web 2.0

Blogs and Wikis Personal Learning Envionments (PLE)

a) Blogwatch

b) Wikis

3. Processes

Being online

  1. Interaction design: ecological models.
  2. Memories of Online: features, advantages and benefits.
  3. Managing online identity. Open and closed. Public and private.
Field Trip II: Choose from list.

Do something collaborative: Ning. Facilitate a discussion.

Web 2.0

Tags, Folksonomy and

  • Shared tags
  • Flickr
4. From course outline to implementation

Tips and Tricks

  1. Educational Design
  2. Design an activity
  3. Host an expert
Field Trip III: Choose from list

Interview an expert

Web 2.0

Social software

  • Facebook (or similar)
  • Twitter
  • Bloglines
Analysis and Evaluation of experience


  1. Reflections.
  2. Teaching/learning statement of practice


  1. From Nancy’s Blog: This is a revamp of an article she first wrote in 1999.
  2. See Nancy’s article: Blogs and community: launching a new paradigm for online community? (Learnscope, September 2006)