First we had a look at © G. Salmon's Etivities: the key to active online learning (2002), Kogan, Page 171
Visits once a week, lots of activity, then disappears again until next week, or even the week after!
Nudge wolf by e-mail to encourage to visit again and see responses that s/he has sparked off.
Steady – visits most days for a short time.
Congratulate. Ask elephant to encourage and support others – especially mouse and squirrel.
Always catching up: completes two weeks in one session then disappears again for some time.
Nudge squirrel by e-mail to suggest life is easier with more regular access. Check on other commitments.
Provide regular summaries and archiving to enable squirrel to catch up easily and contribute.
Visits once a week, reads and contributes little.
Check that mouse can access all messages. Check language difficulties. May need boost of confidence. Give specific role.
Inclined to post disembodied comments in a random way.
Try to include relevant comments from mole in summaries and invite responses. Needs support and e-stroking.
Lives online, prolific
message writer, responds
Rabbit may need counselling to hold back and let others shine through. Give structured roles such as summarizing after a plenary.
Tendency to dominate discussion at certain times.
Invite stag back frequently. Offer a structured and specific role.
Steals ideas without acknowledging.
Foster a spirit of acknowledgement and reinforcement of individual ideas. Warn magpie directly if necessary.
Intelligent, good communicator and playful online.
Ensure dolphin acknowledges and works well with others. May annoy participants who think it’s all very serious.
Next we did some reading and discussed it.
And finally we watch an online presentation by Prof Curtis Bonk about Building Instructor and Social Presence which was quite interesting. However, there was a very big point missing in it: how to make online course participants interact with each other as I think student-student interaction is as important as teacher-student interaction. But the video was actually only about the latter.
Still very useful and interesting.