Timing: 3 hours
- Post a short entry to the team forum, introducing yourself and describing your aspirations for the project. Include the following elements:
- any relevant experience you are comfortable to share (e.g. experience of working in online groups; experience of Learning Design, etc.)
- your professional background and current role
- a description of the context in which you operate (material settings, social and organisational structures, key concerns and objectives)
- why you found the project interesting
- how this project maps to the context you described.
- Comment on your team mates’ posts, noting similarities and discrepancies between their vision and yours.
- Continue the discussion until the group identifies a shared project definition that you can all commit to.
- Suggest how the team should be organised based on your own experience, and how you might implement the guidelines given earlier.
- Identify any practical problems that may arise during the online project and propose possible solutions.
- Agree your team’s working standards – what is expected of everyone.
Here’s an example of what a ‘vision’ post might look like:
‘Hi, I’m Jeff Tracy.
In my department we work with experienced pilots all over the world, making sure that their skills are up to date and that they are aware of and comply with aviation regulations as these evolve. We have a team of about 50 trainers, learning designers, technicians and assessment experts.
Most of our work is done at the company’s training centre, but getting pilots out of their planes and over to the centre is expensive, so we’re moving more and more towards online and distance training.
I chose the project ‘Collaborative learning of technical skills through social media’ because I’m interested in socio-cultural learning theory, and how it unfolds in new media. In my context, I would like to explore the potential of using social media to help pilots come up to speed on new systems as these get deployed. One of our challenges here is legal – we want learners to be comfortable in sharing their doubts and confusion, but are worried about the consequences of these going on record in case of unfortunate events.
I have taken part in many projects and I am convinced that good communication is essential, as well as being willing to compromise and accept the team’s view even when it is different from my own.’