- The requirement for students to contribute each week and support each other does work.
- Whole cohort discussions became more dynamic when daily e-mail bulletins were employed.
- Take away the stick and the level of participation decreases. Or did I ask them to work with too difficult an interface...or was it the sharing itself?
- Sharepoint only really works with Internet Explorer - so firefox/safari users are doomed.
- This can only be achieved with explicit time allocated - change the way we teach?
Things to explore next time around -
- Can we incorporate text messages of key discussions to students' phones?
- Aim to have hot seats lasting one week - showcase them in the lectures more overtly.
- Produce a 5 minute vodcast of the key messages of the lecture.
- Explicitly teach students how to use online tools to learn.
- Use hubs more effectively especially the programme page.
- Ensure all communities have the same key elements in the same places.
- Examine the notion of 'e-facilitation' specialists within subject teams.