Creating and sustaining a community
The Temple Community Platform focuses on the complete educational experience such as relationships, networking, serendipity, engagement, curiosity, and openness. In comparison, most learning systems only focus on the one way transmission of knowledge. To fully leverage the platform will require a different way of thinking. To get started, you should:
- Create a personal avatar – picture – (login, Click My Account, and then Profile) and also provide your interests. Ask your students to do the same. Communities are formed when people can see each other.
- Create a personal site, all MIS majors have such sites, called e-portfolios. All faculty also have sites. Communities are sustained when people can learn more about each other.
- Encourage comments on all aspects of the course, not just the formal discussion questions. Commenting is integrated into every aspect of the software, use it. Communities are sustained when they can question each other.
- Look at the community and your impact. For example, you can see all the members, all the activities, and every site including every course. Curiosity about each other is what sustains a community.
- Learn more. Click here for a short slideshow and go to the home page of the site and scroll down to the right and click on current courses or just click through all the activity! Do more than teach, provide a complete experience!