Week 3: Interactivity on the OpenLab


Week 3 Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  • Build community on the OL
  • Engage students as knowledge creators on the OL
  • Describe the affordances and constraints of the primary ways of interacting on the OL (course profile discussions, comments on posts, creating posts)

Preparation for June 21 Zoom session

Open Pedagogy

Read two short articles on open pedagogy: The Values of Open Pedagogy and Renewable assignments: Student work adding value to the world. As you’re reading, consider these questions:

  • Which aspects of open pedagogy most resonate with you and your teaching values?
  • How might you enact these aspects of open pedagogy in your course?

Share your thoughts by commenting on this blog post on our site.

WordPress Skills

  • Create a welcome announcement on your own course site
    Go to your course site and create a new blog post with the category “Announcement.” If you’d like, include an image or video to welcome students to your class. Your published post should appear in the Announcements section of your site. You can refer to this web page for instructions about how to create a new post.

  • Create a post on the Teaching on the OpenLab website
    All members of our community are “authors” on our site, which means that you can write and publish blog posts. For this activity, we invite you to share your teaching philosophy as a #4WordPedagogy (e.g., “Who’s missing? Teach that” or “Start by trusting students” or “Teach less, but deeply”).

    Go to the Dashboard of our site and create a new post. Share your #4WordPedagogy and a few sentences about it. Before you publish, be sure to assign the category #4WordPedagogy to your post. You can view your colleagues’ #4WordPedagogy here or access them through the website menu under Conversations.

Ask us or your colleagues questions in the discussion area of our community profile (instructions for contributing to the discussion are here) by replying to the Questions prompt.

Agenda for Tuesday, June 21, 11:30am – 1:00 pm, Zoom session

  • Open in Action: Celeste Conway
  • Student access to your course on the OpenLab
  • Design an activity for students

Preparation for June 23 Zoom session

  • Invite a few colleagues from this seminar to your OpenLab course

  • Edit your introduction on the site for this seminar
    Add a link to your course profile to your introduction on this website. Your introduction was published as a blog post. You can find it by going to Posts in the dashboard. We suggest making your course site available to anyone logged in to the OpenLab, or making it public, so that your colleagues are able to see what you’re working on.

  • Continue working on your course site
    • Add some content to your site
      • Edit the existing pages
      • Create new pages if needed and add them to the menu
      • Remove items that you do not intend to use from the site menu
      • Create blog posts for the existing categories in the site (e.g., Assignments, Announcements)
      • Create new categories if needed and add them to the menu

Agenda for Thursday, June 23, 11:30am – 1:00 pm, Zoom session

  • Open in Action: Jen Longley
  • Building community on the OpenLab
  • Changing the look of your course site