Good morning everyone! Or maybe good afternoon...as some of you mentioned in your introductory posts, an advantage of distributed learning environments like this one is that you can participate on your own time, even though we have a schedule to keep!

In order to keep things on track, it is worth checking in on what you should have completed so far. Please check the schedule page and make sure that you have completed all of the activities so far. The most important activities so far are Individual Posts 1 and 2.

Also, if you are not yet plugged into a learning pod, you need to either connect with one today, or get in touch with me as soon as possible. Your first major assignment is due Friday, July 17, and it is to be completed with your learning pod.

I have had a question come up about the optional activities mentioned on the syllabus. Those are intended to encourage you to engage with the course materials on the open web. I have dropped the ball in structuring that activity for you, and have decided that you will NOT be required to provide evidence of your engagement with the optional activities. I apologize for the confusion.

Thoughts on 'Distributed' vs. 'Open'

One of the things that you will be sorting out through your pod project is the difference between distributed and open learning environments.

Distributed Both Open
analog (offline) or digital (online)
in-person attendance not required (location)
synchronous attendance not required (time)
access is limited access is not limited
learner work is hidden learner work is considered a contribution to public knowledge and is accessible
more often accredited can be non-accredited

Here is a conversation between Robin DeRosa and Clarissa Sorenson-Unruh that goes deeper into the unique characteristics of what 'open' is.

I'm looking forward to seeing Individual Post #2 on your blogs!

Click to see/hide the checklist for Topic 2

Things to do by July 15

Register for a WordPress site.
Copy Blog Post 1 from CourseSpaces and re-create it as a new post on your own blog.
Complete the Learning Pathways Survey.
Read Claire Howell Major. (2015). Teaching Online - A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uvic/detail.action?docID=3318874 (pp. 88-105) Note: UVic login required.
Read Jordan, K., & Weller, M. (2017). Jordan, K. & Weller, M. (2017) Openness and Education: A beginners’ guide. Global OER Graduate Network.
Begin planning your Digital Equity and Perspective project with your Learning Pod

The Digital Equity and Perspective project is due Friday, July 17 and is worth 40% of your final grade.

Update: you can take the weekend to submit your finished project...I won't be looking at them until Monday morning.

Writing Prompt for Individual Post #2

After completing the readings for Topic 2, please create a new post on your own blog and respond to one or more of the following prompts:

What do you notice?
What do you think the authors got wrong?
What do you wonder?
How can you apply what you have learned to your work in this course?
What do you want to get clarification on?

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