Tonight, EC&I 831 welcomed the non-credit students into class (and specifically, into our weekly, online session). To date, about 127 students have signed-up as non-credit students, and we expect more drop-ins as the class progresses. I have shared a list of the non-credit students here, and included an interactive map of their locations below.
In tonight’s class, we went through protocols of the course, discussed the learning environment (both synchronous and asynchronous components), outlined essential course tools (e.g., WordPress, Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious), and discussed guidelines for blogging, commenting, and other communication. Much of technical piece was accomplished through screensharing (via Blackboard Collaborate) along with continuous discussion in the chat.
It is also worth mentioning that Clint Lalonde and I have begun to collaborate on the “Dynamic Guide to Network Mentoring“. This is a preliminary guide for network mentors, and we hope that anyone who has signed up for that role could add or edit the document as we collectively begun to discover ways to mentor students in an open learning environment.
Dr. Richard Schwier is our guest next week. He’s a great friend, colleague, and one of the very best in the field. He’ll be discussing virtual learning communities, and it’s definitely a session not to be missed. See you soon.