SP4Ed Instructions for Session 1: Establish your personal learning environment

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Welcome to Scenario Planning for Educators (SP4Ed)!

We extend a very warm welcome to you on joining us for this pilot micro Open Online Course (mOOC) and thank you for your participation in helping us test and refine SP4Ed. We have recorded short videos to welcome you to the course and we look forward to meeting you online.

In our lingo, micro refers to a subcomponent of a university course -- a delivery model which is being trialled for the OER university innovation partnership. The SP4Ed mOOC will be integrated into the Change with Digital Technologies in Education course (EDEM630) in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (e-Learning and Digital Technologies) at the University of Canterbury. In the future we envisage registered students in the EDEM630 course networking and learning with participants in the open SP4Ed workshop. Enough about the future ...

This online workshop is divided into 5 sessions and each session is typically allocated 2 working days. Over the next two days we invite you to establish your own personal learning environment for SP4Ed. You will find detailed instructions under Session 1 of the workshop schedule. (Click on the little arrow on the right-hand side of the bar for Session 1 to reveal the detailed outline or view this video.)

During Session 1 you will:

  1. Create a course blog, microblog account and ask.oeruniversity account (There are detailed instructions provided in the workshop schedule.)
  2. Complete the new participant survey - it shouldn't take you more than 5 mins (we've tested this ;-))
  3. Very import: If you did not supply a blog url when registering for the course, after creating your course blog, you must register the url of your new blog now otherwise we won't be able to integrate your contributions into the course feed.
  4. If this is your first open online course, we recommend that you read through this overview of the learning environment.

In the spirit of the open movement, we like to "release early" and consult with the community to help us refine our work. The technologies and features we have incorporated into the design should work according to plan. However, this is a pilot offering an we may experience a few teething problems. Please bear with us as we work together in sorting out any issues which may arise.

We include a few tips below for your information.

Our best wishes for a great learning experience for all involved.

Your facilitators
Niki Davis and Wayne Mackintosh.


  • If you would like to receive email notifications of the course announcements -- you must register for this course. Visit the SP4Ed course homepage and complete the registration form. You will need to log in to WikiEducator to complete the registration form (you can create a free account if you don't already have one.)
  • Follow the course in your own time zone, for example, you should compete the instructions for Wednesday on your Wednesday irrespective of the time zone of your facilitators.