4. Phases of Engagement
Take a look at the phases of
engagement, brainstorm on
any activities you do that you
think may work at each level.
5. The Newcomer
Instructor provides activities that are
interactive and that help learners get to
know one another. Instructor expresses
expectations for engagement in the course,
provides orientation to the course, and
keeps learners on track.
Examples: icebreakers, individual
introductions, discussions concerning
community issues such as Netiquette rules in
a virtual lounge
The purpose of an icebreaker activity is to establish the presence of individuals and open the lines
of communication for the learning community in a nonthreatening manner. Knowles (1980) stated
that setting up an appropriate learning climate is key to establishing a successful learning
experience. He described this climate as one “which causes adults to feel accepted, respected,
and supported” within “an atmosphere which is friendly and informal” (p. 47). An icebreaker sets
the tone for such a learning environment.
7. Newcomer activities – Discussion board
By Tuesday, February 2nd, please introduce yourself to the class. You will begin a new thread for
your introduction. Make sure to put your name in the title. Give a brief introduction and then tell
us three things about yourself, but include one that isn't true. Aim for your post being about 5-7
sentences long. The goal here is to use critical thinking skills when you come up with your two
truths and a lie to see if you can come up with some good stuff to fool us.
By Thursday, visit at least one other classmate's post, and try to begin figuring out which one of
your classmates items is false by asking questions. Also, once you are asking questions, ask well
thought out questions like a detective to figure out which statement is not true. Do not just ask if
it is true or not! Feel free to also respond in other ways to the introductions. By Sunday, make
sure you have responded to at least two other introductions with questions.
Easy access point with embedded links.
Either not graded or flexible grading with very helpful comments.
9. Newcomer activities – discussion board part 2
For your discussion board this week, you are going to think about and answer some questions about your reading history. But
after thinking about or writing down these answers, I want you to do some critical thinking by determining how you would
present this information to someone if I asked you to choose a unique presentation mode.
To help you with this, I would like you to think about and answer the following questions. This is a brainstorm for your post. ..
If you experience with reading was made into a movie or novel, what genre would it be? Answer and explain.
The phrase “the medium is the message” was used by Marshall McLuhan to convey the idea that the form used to express an
idea determines the message received.
Go back to your answers for questions 1 and 7 and find a medium that you would use to convey this idea. There are so many
mediums that are used for communication today that your options are endless.
For the first couple of sentences of your post, describe the medium you would use to convey your overall experience. Describe
the medium, how you would use it, and why, then gives us a brief reading history that answers most of the questions 2-6 and
includes anything else significant to you as a reader.
Be sure to use three vocabulary words and bold those words.
For the response to your peer's post, comment about the medium and genre chosen. Ask some questions for further
clarification, make comments, or connections.
11. The Cooperator
Instructor forms dyads of learners and
provides activities that require critical
thinking, reflection, and sharing of ideas.
Examples: Peer reviews, activity critiques.
For this week, you will be reading a 5 minute mystery that you can find here:
The Missing Dagger
You will read the mystery and look for clues. Take notes on the clues and tasks for your specific roles assignment below.
Rather than assigning you to groups, you will join a group that has already been created. Your role will be determined by when
you join the group. There will be a maximum of 4 groups. You can join or start a new group if you want to be leader; however,
once there are 4 groups, you must join one that has already been created.
The leader - Post what mystery needs to be solved (who took the ______) and three or four questions that need to be answered
to solve it. The leader should also help keep the conversation going.
The reporter (2nd person to join thread) - post the facts from the story
The connector (3rd person to join thread) - post how those facts are related to the questions
The recorder (4th person to join thread) - construct an argument that gets you from the facts to the solution.
Everyone should help each of the other group members make sure their assignment is complete. For example, it is okay if you
are the connector to say “I can see that this is connected to this, but I need help with other connections.”
Also, discuss this as you go along. Do not submit the answers until you have discussed and done these four steps.
This is a challenging assignment. I will post an example on Monday.
17. Collaborator – Wikis in Blackboard
Instructor provides activities that require
small groups to collaborate, solve problems,
reflect on experiences.
Examples: content discussions, role playing,
22. Initiator/Partner – easier to do with Canvas
Activities are learner-designed or partner
member/ learner-led. Discussions begins to
be more challenging; not only where the
instructor intends, but also where the
learners direct them to go.
Examples: Group presentations and projects,
24. Adequate Orientation and Planning Time
Students need ample time to develop the activities they lead. Following is a suggested approach:
1. Many learners may need to be oriented to the idea of leading a class activity. Start discussing the
concept of learner-led activities at the beginning of the course and model various types of activities
throughout the course.
2. Provide a detailed description of the activity and responsibilities of the learners in the syllabus.
3. Encourage learners to begin discussing the activities in teams after the first 25 percent of the course
has been completed.
4. Provide time in the course calendar for learners to begin planning the activities around the middle of
5. Schedule time for the teams to discuss their activities with you, the instructor, several weeks before the
team is scheduled to lead an activity. You will serve as counselor and consultant to the team as
6. Remind teams that they are responsible for preparing the community for their activity by posting an
announcement in the discussion board area or sending an e-mail to the entire class.
31. Collaboration in Canvas
When would I use Collaborations?
You can use Collaborations to:
•Copy and paste notes that everyone can access.
•Share bullet-point lists or agendas for upcoming
synchronous class or group time or meetings.
•Create a text-based whiteboard that everyone in the
classroom can see and refer to later.
•Assign student groups a collaborative assignment as a
graded assignment (instructor feature).
32. Collaboration in Canvas
Video overview of Collaboration in Canvas
Resource: Signing up for Google and
accessing Google Docs