Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chat Planning: Join us on Friday, March 27, 9AM (Norman)

Thanks to everybody for your great participation in the Friday, March 13 chat. You can see the Storify archive here at the blog, or over at the Storify site.

  • Friday, March 27, 9AM-10AM (Norman time)

Ken Parker proposed this as a topic for the next chat, and people saw this as a great idea. So, we need to brainstorm some Sustainability questions that we can use to help shape the chat next time. You can leave comments here, tweet (use #OpenTeachingOU hashtag), or contribute via the Google Doc. Here's where we stand:

Q1 Sustainable Learning: How do we create learning that grows and lasts? For our students? For ourselves as learners?

Q2 Sustainable Networks: What makes learning networks persist over time? What are key success/failure factors?

Q3 Sustainable Content: How do you sustain open content over time? What kinds of content are most sustainable?

Q4 Sustainable Teaching: How do you re-energize and avoid teacher burnout? How do you keep students enthused?

Q5 Sustainable Courses: How do you propel classes from semester to semester? What design features make courses sustainable?

Q6 Sustainable Case Studies: What are some open education projects with long term success? What are some notable failures? 

I've pulled together some resources here at Diigo: OpenTeachingOU - Sustainability. Those are mostly related to OERs, but I hope we can see how this question about sustainability is also important to discussion about open teaching and open learning, not just content!

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago;
the second-best time is now.
(Chinese proverb)

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Our current plan (please let us know what you think!) is to finish up the Spring semester with these Friday chats on second and fourth Fridays of the month:
  • Friday, March 27, 9AM-10AM (Norman time)
  • Friday, April 10, 9AM-10AM (Norman time)
  • Friday, April 24, 9AM-10AM (Norman time)
Then we can regroup and see if people want to continue to do chats during the summer, and also strategize about a schedule for Fall so that we perhaps have a Friday morning time alternating with some other day of the week in the afternoon. Please chime in with ideas about scheduling and also with ideas for future topics! Comment here, or connect at Twitter, or by email, as you prefer: getting connected.

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