Creating Community - Promoting Choice, Voice and Connectivity via Free Apps

Concurrent Session 2
Streamed Session

Brief Abstract

This session takes participants through a range of free online resources used to engage students in creating community by offering choice, promoting synchronous gatherings and facilitating scholarly dialogue.  A case will highlight tools for soliciting preferences and availability, scheduling, and conducting online meetings along with strategies for distributed responsibility

Presenters

Dr. Bonnie Mullinix is currently Core faculty in the PhD Education Program at Walden University. She has worked in Education for nearly 40 years and in Higher Education for over half of that time working as faculty and particularly with faculty and curriculum development efforts. She is also Sr. Associate with the TLT Group, an affiliation that has been in place since 2008. Bonnie holds a doctorate and masters in Education from the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on Adult and International Education and her Bachelors from University of California, Santa Cruz in an individualized major in Transdsiciplinary Studies. Since 1986 Dr. Mullinix has presented more than 60 professional papers at national and international conferences and designed, produced, edited and/or published over 50 articles, chapters, books, monographs, manuals and training guides since 1981. She has been active in multiple professional organizations presenting, reviewing, chairing and/or holding multiple officer positions (Professional and Organizational Development(POD) Network in Higher Education, American Educational Research Association - AERA SIGS: Chair, Faculty Training, Evaluation and Development, Co-secretary/ treasurer/ webmaster, Adult Education and Adult Literacy, and Research Focus on Africa and the Caribbean; Society for Research in Adult Development (SRAD), and the Comparative and International Education Society).

Extended Abstract

This session takes participants through a range of free online resources used to engage students in creating community by offering choice, promoting synchronous gatherings and facilitating scholarly dialogue.  A case will highlight tools for soliciting preferences and availability, scheduling, and conducting online meetings along with strategies for distributed responsibility. From coordinating meetings, to researching learning to collaborating on projects, studies, documents and presentations, this session uses a case to illustrate the flow and interconnection between these ‘apps’ and provides a matrix and a moment for participants to consider how to leverage these tools to enhance the scholarly community in their own courses and contexts.  The case experience will walk participants through the evolution of a community built across students situated in multiple time zones, with disparate interests and backgrounds at various stages in their studies.

Session Outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Explore a range of free online technology resources and apps that can be used to support learner choice, engagement, opinions and dialogue;
  2. Consider how these tools facilitated the creation of community in a specific case context;
  3. Reflect on which tools could best be leveraged and used in their own settings to build community in online and blended course contexts

Session Overview

5 min                    Introduction to session outcomes, overview of session, intro/icebreaker for facilitator and participants

15-20 min           Facilitator presents the case and demonstrates the intersection and sequence of key online resources and apps used to build community. Participants who have devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones…) will be invited to actively participate in the contextualized exploration. Links will be provided in a Google Doc and/or Padlet app that will be added to as the session progresses, capturing the collective wisdom of the group.

Categories of tools/apps highlighted will include:

  • Gathering Options & Soliciting Preferences and availability– Tricider
  • Scheduling Meetings - Doodle and Google calendar events & invitations
  • Preparation & Preliminary Discussions – Community Discussions
  • Conducting virtual meetings (synchronous with video) – Zoom, Google Hangouts &/or Skype;
  • Follow-up – Posting Video Recordings
  • Communications – email, announcements

10 min                 Facilitator solicits and shares comments, impressions and reactions from students (via video &/or live) and from session participants

5-10 min             Closing conversation invites reflection on which tools could best be leveraged and used to build community in online and blended course contexts in participant’s own institutional settings.