Are you readieee? Taking the “eek” out of participating in fully online communities: Exploring Readiness using the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) Model

Poster #40 ID: 52878 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Elizabeth Childs, Royal Roads University, Canada
  2. Roland van Oostveen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Tuesday, June 26 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Location: Koepelzaal

Presider: Douglass Scott, Waseda University, Japan

Abstract: This workshop is intended for individuals and institutions interested in taking a look at fully online learning with community supports; those interested in assessment tools that speak to the readiness for participation in fully online learning environments, and those involved in the creation of supports required by institutions for students, faculty, institutional. The workshop will provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings and description of the FOLC (fully online learning community) model and its component parts. Through small group activities, participants will examine and discuss propositional definitions for the FOLC components. Participants in small groups will discuss, propose definitions, experience the FOLCS (FOLC survey) and a variety of online tools associated with the GELO, and contribute to the evolution and refinement of theoretical descriptive and predictive models of contemporary online learning. Participants will complete the FOLCS online self-assessment instrument and discuss their experience with a focus on improving the FOLCS for global use. In addition, participants will examine the application of the FOLCS for use with their students as a component of determining readiness to moving into fully online learning environments. The workshop will conclude with an explanation of the global educational learning observatory (GELO) and its associated tool set will be shared and participants will be invited to join into this global research network.


Participants will examine and discuss: • what it means to be a fully online learner; • what does it mean to be working in community online in formal educational contexts; • ways to measure readiness; • collaborative research (GELO) approaches and tools to examine readiness, culture, competence (confidence and frequency of use of technology) and the impact of this in fully online learning environments.

Topical Outline

1. Introductions & description of context (UOIT, RRU, EILab) 2. FOLC theoretical underpinnings and model description & propositional definitions 3. Small group examination of definitions (think, pair, share, group) • 1 min silent reflection; 3 min w elbow partner; 12 min w group of 4 • make notes as a group (rough notes on where you are at with the definitions) 4. Individual or pair completion of the online FOLCS 5. mall group revisit your definitions based on your experience with the FOLCS • gap analysis re: match/differences/ areas of question • write gaps and edits to definitions on flip chart paper on table 6. Gallery walk 7. Large group structured debrief and next steps (GELO invitation)

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Dr. Elizabeth Childs Associate Professor Royal Roads University Elizabeth Childs is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology (ICT) and provide learners with increased choice, flexibility and opportunities for co-creation. With international expertise in educational technology, instructional design, adult education and online learning, her research interests include topics such as the changing face of distance education; models for online synchronous problem based learning; creation of online communities and digital habitats; the use of social media in problem based learning environments; and, models for professional development. Dr. Roland van Oostveen, Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Roland van Oostveen holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto. He spent almost 18 years as a science educator in private and public K-12 formal education settings, concluding as Science Curriculum Coordinator for Toronto District School Board. Dr. van Oostveen currently serves as Director of the Educational Informatics Laboratory (EILab) at Faculty of Education, UOIT, an innovative research facility, which focuses on Human Computer Human Interactions (HCHI). His current research interests include: Transforming Online Learning: The Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) Model, Investigating the Relationship between Social Presence and Community Development in Fully Online Learning Environments, Surveying Awareness of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Tools, Applications and Environments for Learning, Digital Competency Profile tools, and the development of a Global Educational Learning Observatory platform.


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