The flipped webinar:
a strawman plan for the online
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
To match a typical academic seminar, you have to flip it to depend heavily on inputs from the participants. We can manage that well online.
The online Professional Learning Community
Elements of a flipped webinar
- Webinar management
- Crowd-sourced agenda
- Crowd-sourced expertise
- Distributed meeting.
This reminds you of
- An online library such as Community Virtual Library (CVL) is a good candidate.
- A main function of libraries is connecting people with what they want to know.
- Library science (Wikipedia)
- Information science (Wikipedia)
- I envision a publically accessible FW spreadsheet (FWS):
- Queries, keywords, categories, search phrases, answer links, answer meetings, updated.
- The spreadsheet would be publically accessible for reading.
- Selected people in existing groups would have editing access.
- Agenda: what the community wants to learn more about.
- Presentables: What members are ready to talk about.
- Note: meetings can host several pesentables in an hour.
Get community queries
- Questions or requests for information.
- No need to wait for a meeting to get these.
- These would be collected at existing educational meetings:
- Nonprofit Commons, Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable,
- Infinite Metaverse Alliance, 3DWebWorldz, CybaLOUNGE
- CVL events, VWBPE events, Marian/Malet meetings
- and other educational meetings (TBD)
- Such meetings would designate a CVL liaison with access to the FWS
- Posting these in the database would let others develop answers.
- Expertise can be provided as web links, as a video presentation, or as a live discussion.
- If the live discussion is captured on video and posted on YouTube, it becomes available as a link.
- We can expect that any answer to a query will be of interest to multiple people over a substantial period of time.
- Thus to be really useful, an answer needs to be available on a link.
- I hope that answers in live discussions are captured on videos of 10 mins. or less and posted to YouTube.
- Such videos can be included in playlists of interested groups.
- After queries have been answered they would remain in the database to answer other people.
- Thus the collection of answers available on links becomes a persistent knowledge store.
Spreading the answers
- If an adequate answer can be provided in web links, an expert might simply give them in a notecard to the nearest CVL liaison.
- If CVL concluded that the links were useful, It would enter the links in the Answer links column of the FWS and put the date in the Update column.
- The search capabilities of the FWS could find this and similar queries ordered by update date.
- Any group could seek a presentation and include it in one of their scheduled meetings.
- Again, I suggest a 10 min. presentation is better than longer for answering a question.
- The notice of answer plan would go to a CVL liaison for entry into the answer meeting column of the FWS.
- Possibly the FWS would send a notice to the query originator whenever the item was pdaed.
- Since we are online, we don't just have a single meeting in a single location.
- We are in all time zones, so we need to meet at different times.
- We use various virtual world platforms, so even synchronous meetings can't get everybody together.
- The FWS spreadsheet offers a way to manage a distributed asynchronous meeting.
- For synchronous distributed meetings, we might use Discord, which supports both voice and text communication.
- Other grid-independent communication systems are in development.
The PLC: Professional Learning Community
- The flipped webinar: Discovering online learning. The potential is huge, but you gotta know the territory.
- Do we have a professional learning community (PLC) in the virtual worlds (MUVEs)?
- How to get Immersed in online virtual worlds. A visit to the Community Virtual Library (CVL). The online PLC of educators in virtual worlds.
- An online meeting about online teaching in an online PLC. Plans for teaching in Second Life during the 20-21 academic year.
- Web accessed learning Communities in Virtual Worlds--Thanks to Beth Ghostraven
- Era of the entrepreneurial educator. The unbundling of education opens the gate for entrepreneurs.
- Localized Learning Communities in Virtual Worlds--Thanks to Beth Ghostraven
- The virtual worlds (MUVEs) professional learning community. Not something we have to organize. It just is.
- OPENSIMULATOR COMMUNITY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: December 5-6, 2020. Presentations Dec.5 on education in OpenSim
- Plans for teaching in a virtual world during this academic year. VWMOOC20
- Networking in Virtual Worlds - The CVL Education Network
- Catching events in your online PLN. Meetings about online learning. Like webinars except they are free with no registration. More like collaboration than a lecture.
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- Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
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