Facilitators

Week 0?

What is Week 0? Week 0 is just a fun name to give the time before the learning community activities actually start where we will give some orientation information. Note that Week 0 is five pages on this site which are linked at the end of each page and in the menu above. 

There are no topical readings or planned group activities during Week 0 but there are a few housekeeping things that would be great if you could get out of the way during Week 0:

Read through the Week 0 pages. Hey look! You’ve already started.

Sign up for our Slack workspace. Click the link in the “Welcome to #DigPINS” email from me – Slack will be our main form of communication so let me know if you need help with this.

The Doodle poll is now closed. You will receive a calendar invite from me for our Week 1 call! Fill out this doodle poll. We are planning a video call during week one between all of the partner schools. We know we won’t be able to get a time that will work for everyone but we will base the time on what will work for most from the results of this doodle poll. If you could take a moment to fill it out during this week that would be great!

Building an Online Community

In the weeks that follow we will explore the possibilities of using digital tools to extend, expand, and further connect our community to each other and beyond. Community does not build itself and your participation in our various environments is what will make this experiences successful. You may find that you feel more comfortable in some environments than in others – this is natural and normal in digital spaces. Share your impressions and thoughts with our cohort or the larger network. Read what others are saying about their experiences and respond to them. It is these reflections and conversations that help us get to know one another.

Setting Personal Goals

Having a clear goal is part of being successful in this kind of learning community. Yogi Berra once said, “you can observe a lot just by watching,” but we’d argue that you’ll learn more if you set some targets for tools you’d like to try out, topics you’d like to explore, or activities you’d like to do. So we encourage you, in these early weeks, to spend some time thinking about your goals for the next month of #DigPINS. You can share those goals on your blog post, in the backchannel, or privately with the facilitator or some other cohort members. A goal could be as simple as gathering in community with others in online environments to see what that’s like.

Though there are no official “activities” for Week 0 we strongly recommend that you take this time to reflect on what you would like to get out of this experience. You may find that goals that you set for your experience here shift or change over time but setting a north star for yourself will help you to direct your experience and ask good questions that align with what is important. Having a clear goal is part of being successful in this kind of learning community. As Yogi Berra said, “you can observe a lot just by watching”, but you’ll learn more if you set some targets for tools you’d like to try out, topics you’d like to explore, or activities you’d like to do. So we encourage you to spend some time thinking about your goals for the next month of #DigPINS.

A great way to get started is to post your goals as an introduction in Slack – our backchannel. Find out more about Slack on our Digital Tools page of Week 0.

Working in partnership

Note that this site (snc.digpins.org) is the public hub for those participating in the St. Norbert College cohort but that we are working in a larger network. Each of our networked schools also have their own hub: American University in Cairo, Colgate University, Kenyon College, and University of Michigan – Dearborn all have public hubs of their own. You can visit these other hubs to read blog reflections from others working in other schools. You can also visit discuss.digpins.org which pulls in all of the blog posts from each of the schools into one place – currently there are posts from past #DigPINS cohorts but new posts will also be aggregated there.

Note that the content info for each focus area (pedagogy, identity, networks, and scholarship) that lists activities and content may slightly differ between hubs. Cohorts will also author blog posts only on their public hub. Members of the SNC cohort will blog on this site.


Week 0 focus areas

Week 0 is broken up into four pages –

Overview – What is this all about?

Structure – What will we discuss over the course of #DigPINS? How is our time spent?

Participation – What does it mean to participate in a connected learning experience?

Digital Tools – #DigPINS uses a variety of digital tools and this page has details about many of them.

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