Welcome to the Multicultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching OOPS! (Open Online Participatory Seminar – see our “What is a MILT OOPS?” video to learn more). Whether you’re joining us for course credit, for badges, or to see what’s going on, this course is open to your learning and participation. We want to take a moment here to elaborate on ways that teachers interested in multicultural inclusive learning and teaching might participate in seminar discussions as well as share seminar-related writing and resources they post to personal blogs, share via Twitter, or post to other social media sites.
The Seminar Moodle Site: If you’re registered for the seminar (which you can still do through February 1st at http://z.umn.edu/miltoopsregister), you can participate on our seminar discussion forums on the Moodle site. While some open courses allow users to register at any time, we’re trying to create a different sort of “open” in our class, the sort that comes through building of trust, relationships, ideas, and an atmosphere of “safety to take risks” over a period of time. So, while all of the resources that support the seminar (readings and videos, for example) will be made available on Learning4All.net, course discussions and participant work will be shared within the Moodle community of participants registered for the seminar. In this, we encourage participants to choose to share their work beyond the Moodle space, determining when and where to post their work publicly, and we can share those links here, via Learning4All.net.
Learning4All.net: We’ve set up this blog, in part, to serve as a point of convergence for all of our open and public facing resources and conversations. Content produced for the course, including videos, essays, assignments and other seminar materials we create, as well as Collaborative Bibliographies, will all be made available here. We’ll also publish week-by-week summaries of course activities. We’ll include in this conversations linked to our Twitter and Facebook hashtag, #learning4all. We’ll also (re-)publish the blogs and other writing of participants who write about the course. You can follow these posts at http://learning4all.net or snag our RSS feed through a feed reader like Feedly.
If you’re participating in the course and are interested, please share your blog and other social media handles with us. We’ll include them in our weekly round-up and will make sure to personally follow you and your work!
Don’t have a blog or place online that you share your ideas and work? You don’t need one to be part of the course. If you are interested, there are many ways to create one, and they can be useful not only for sharing your work in our seminar, but for your teaching, research, and other work. As the ConnectedCourses participation guide indicates, there are a number of options for creating a blog:
- WordPress.com a hosted version of the most popular blogging platform. You get a good selection of themes and features (but not quite as many options as hosting your own blog).
- Blogger is Google’s hosted platform, so is fully integrated with your Google account and other tools. Blogger offers a wide range of themes and features to customize your blog.
- tumblr is less thought of as a blogging platform, and is often more focused on media, but offers everything you need to write and organize your content, and its interface for writing is the least complex. Like WordPress and blogger, tumblr offers a range of themes to choose from. It takes a little more digging to find features for creating pages and enabling comments.