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Updated Blog Post #1

Prompt: Individual blog post #1: How can teachers effectively build relationships by encouraging safe communication and interactions in K-12 online & open learning spaces? What did you already know, what do you know now based on the course readings and activities, what do you hope to learn?

Link to Original Blog Post #1.

Link to Google Docs with revisions.

Updated & Revised Blog Post #1

As a future educator, it is key to set up the platform in a meaningful way, especially when you are building an online learning environment. This is important because in order to create a safe, collaborative, and inclusive space for all students guidelines must be well communicated to students. The purpose of an online learning space is to have students interact, collaborate, and share ideas with their peers in a positive manner. To set up an online platform with students, the teacher would need to set up guidelines with students to foster good etiquette online. This would include a class discussion about positive comments, supportive and constructive feedback, and showing respect to peers. Another resource, that would engage students in learning guidelines would be the use of a Kahoot. Alongside this discussion, the teacher would also have to go over privacy concerns online. In this course, I found going over FIPPA, as well as reading Whiteside & Garrett Dikkers (2015), was a great introduction and was needed for all students to fully understand the gravity of being in an online platform. Whiteside & Garrett Dikkers (2015) mentions the importance of “social presence is an essential literacy for cultivating emotions and relationships that enhance the overall learning experience.” After discussing those essential topics before jumping into an online space with students, one would also have to encourage students to connect with each other. By doing this the teacher would create assignments for students to work through, and they would focus directly on creating and building those relationships with their peers. This blog post, even though it is US based, still holds true for beginning online and open learning with students.

To implement open learning online, a teacher would model what good etiquette online would look like, to show students what the expectations are in that space. I found this blog regarding online blogs to be very informative for teachers to set up with students, and it takes the guesswork out of it. Blogs are such an important learning tool for open learning, because the criteria from the teacher is very broad, and it lets the student focus on what interests them. Like in this course, the use of blogs is vital, and works seamlessly to promote open and distributed learning!

The Col framework isn’t a new concept for me, but having it laid out so clearly with the ideas illustrated made it easy for me to comprehend. I never realized that it was a concept, I just kind of had the same ideas regarding online learning. I believe that this is a great resource for all educators to explore, because it really gets across what makes a safe learning space functional for all learners. The problem that educators can come across if open learning isn’t implemented properly is how to structure it for success. This diagram below shows how to include technology in open learning in a meaningful way, focusing on moving toward redefinition.

I believe that online learning is a great tool to enhance and promote learning in a different space, but it should be used alongside in class instruction. After reading the article, Regan and Jesse (2019), it solidified the importance of parental concerns when it comes to learning in an online space. The safety of each and every student is always at the forefront of each educator. However, this article highlighted why parental concerns are always valid and need to be answered fully to ease any stress the parents might have about an online learning space. Alongside open learning, it was brought to my attention that students with exceptionalities might struggle with online platforms. I see how it could be a challenge for some students, but I believe that since open learning is so open it leaves room for adaptions to be made! Some of those adaptions can include google talk to text software, having a support like an EA or parent assist with their learning online, and using an iPad with different adaptions for the student to be successful in their learning process. A Sketchnote below to show my ever evolving learning.

Sketchnote I created to show how my learning progressed over the course.


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Garrett Dickers, A. (2018) Social Interaction in K-12 Online Learning. In R. Ferdig & K. Kennedy (Eds.), Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (pp. 509-522 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University ETC Press.

How to speech-to-text in Google Docs. (2020). Retrieved 27 July 2020, from https://www.techrepublic.com/article/pro-tip-how-to-speech-to-text-in-google-docs/ 

Regan, P., & Jesse, J. (2019). Ethical challenges of edtech, big data and personalized learning: Twenty-first century student sorting and tracking. Ethics and Information Technology, 21(3), 167-179. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-018-9492-2

(2020). Retrieved 9 July 2020, from https://www.wix.com/blog/2020/05/teaching-online-ideas

(2020). Retrieved 27 July 2020, from https://www.oipc.bc.ca/guidance-documents/1466 

(2020). Retrieved 27 July 2020, from https://kahoot.com 

(2020). Retrieved 27 July 2020, from https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-07-28/9-common-types-of-assignments-in-online-courses 

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