COETAIL course three’s summative task was to collaborate in a global group with my fellow cohort. I chose to collaborate with David Berg, Danielle Richert, and Megan Vosk once again since our last experience as a group went along so swimmingly.
We could choose to design a unit of instruction or a professional learning experience for educators. Our group chose the former since we did the latter in a previous COETAIL project.
As a group, we decided on a social-emotional well-being unit (SEL) from a digital device perspective, since it was ever so topical to our time, particularly highlighted from the pandemic.
As for any unit, it’s also important to articulate the knowledge, understanding, questions and transferable skills that go beyond the unit.
In week four of the unit we designed, communicated in the road map above, students attend workshops learning about various media in which they could communicate their message for their summative task effectively.
Week four is what our group decided to focus on expanding our talents and skills on, as this related the most to our learning in course three of #COETAIL13.
I chose to design a workshop on creating persuasive posters using CARP design principles. You can explore the slide deck here.
Some COETAIL specific reflection questions…
How did you grow as a collaborator and facilitator during Course 3?
I think refinement and consolidation are the correct words to describe my growth here. Or working towards mastery?
Whether it be work or study, I’ve been doing this for years. Some of the most transformational growth in this area was when I was studying online for five years, globally collaborating with my cohort, in order to complete my Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia (UBC-MET).
How was this final project similar to other learning experiences you have designed/facilitated?
These would be my top tips for effective global collaboration:
- Create a backchannel for communication: We used a group Whatsapp, but Slack has been great for other globally collaborative groups I’ve worked in, too.
- Use a global meeting time app. I used “Around the World” on Android this time around and it worked excellently. The below picture illustrates the convenience of finding times to meet when working with team members across the globe.
- Have a video chat early to set essential agreements, pitch proposals, and when and how often to meet.
- Frequent feedback loops amongst members.
- Have a final video chat to wrap things up and discuss any final next steps
How does this final project relate to what you learned in Course 3?
This project encompasses much of the learning in regards to effective communication and consideration of audience learnt in course three.
When something learnt is asked to be taught, it adds a whole new dimension of comprehension. The content needs to be well understood in order to synthesize it and communicate it effectively to a potential new audience.
This is an important notion to remember as an educator. Albert Einstein was on to something here…
What has influenced you the most in Course 3 and how is that reflected in your final project?
For me, it is the reminder that “less is more”, when it comes to communication, regardless of audience or medium.
Creative communication has a lot to do with simplicity, synthesis and the power of visuals.
Some final food for thought to ponder…
Would you rather…
- watch a tutorial on Youtube, with the exact same concept taught, for 5 minutes or 10 minutes, given the reviews are equal?
- read an essay of text or view an infographic, considering the content was similar?