What’s Expected? Practice!
Participation is the heart of #DigPINS. The power is in the community learning together. All the reading and watching in the world won’t help you understand digital communities the same way that actually forming one will. Still, it’s natural to find any new community space a little daunting.
Sync and Async
#DigPINS offers a mix of asynchronous communications like blogging and commenting as well as synchronous activities such as video calls.
We’ll try to poll people for the most convenient times for our synchronous events, but inevitably we won’t satisfy everyone. That’s why we will try to offer multiple similar events. If a synchronous event doesn’t work for you, try to be creative with finding asynchronous ways to engage the community in the topic. I’m happy to help you brainstorm or find a similar experience. And when you get an opportunity which some community members miss, think about how you can communicate it to them!
Open and Private
#DigPINS blends the range of contexts in which participants work over public and more closed spaces. This simply means that some online environments will be more open and public than others. For example, publishing a blog post to this site is an open and public space that can be viewed by anyone with the URL, while communications in Slack can only be viewed by invited participants. Additionally, Slack provides a place for direct messages, or one to one communication between individuals.
The Theory of DigPINS
Heutagogy: Self-directed learning
#DigPINS is rooted in heutagogy, an adult learning theory in which learners are autonomous and self-directed. Heutagogy is an interesting way to frame the kind of learning that we hope will take place as part of #DigPINS.
“A heutagogical approach recognises the need to be flexible in the learning where the teacher provides resources but the learner designs the actual course he or she might take by negotiating the learning. Thus learners might read around critical issues or questions and determine what is of interest and relevance to them and then negotiate further reading and assessment tasks.”(Hase, S. & Kenyon, C. 2000)
While #DigPINS is not a “course,” we are a cohort group of adults who are learning together outside of a traditional course or classroom. As a learning community for faculty and staff in higher education, the expectation in #DigPINS is not one of teaching novices, but of learning together in community around some shared resources. Various digital tools afford us with the opportunity to connect as a community in multiple ways around these shared resources.
Hase, S. & Kenyon, C. (December, 2000), ‘From Andragogy to Heutagogy’, Ulti-BASE In-Site, retrieved May, 2020 from https://epubs.scu.edu.au/gcm_pubs/99/
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