Final Module (July 27-29)

Key Ideas of Mod 3

  1. Bringing it all together
  2. Self-assessment on core questions of this course
  3. Transfer of learning across contexts
  4. Publishing and sharing Final Inquiry Projects

On Wednesday, we will unveil everyone’s Final Inquiry Project. 😍 So what did you make? Will it “look” “like” this “car” in the picture below, which has been transformed inside and out with a wrapping of twined and plaited cedar bark (as well as other discarded objects and materials) by annie ross (deliberately lower case), Assistant Professor of First Nation Studies at Simon Fraser University? This piece is called forest one, a mixed media piece on display at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Her practice is rooted in “a commitment to claiming not only materials but also the ancient practices of “making”: acts of salvage through which she weaves together the evidence of destruction and the possibility of regrowth” (Museum writeup). Powerful stuff!

Annie Ross, ForestOne, Mixed Media

ForestOne by annie ross, Asst. Prof., Simon Fraser University.

Glass Chair, Corning Museum of Glass, 2012

Exhibit, Corning Museum of Glass, 2012

Or is it more like this object? A pretty unusual chair (but not for sitting)? [Sorry, Corning Museum of Glass, but do visit the CMOG, it’s spectacular.] I hope your projects are useful in some way to you and to the local community. [Did you figure out that I used images to get my thinking across more powerfully?]

I’m sure your work will look nothing (or everything?) like these two great artworks. Who knows what the spirit of inquiry and curiosity will lead you to create? And, by the way, you will get a chance to assess everyone’s project. More details are on the way!

Please remember to post the link to your Final Inquiry Project site on your course blog (Add VCUTHINK category, tag INQUIRY) by Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the last day of this course.

On Thursday July 30, we are going to try to get together for our final Google Chat to close the curtains on this course. I will send out a Doodle Poll. Aww!  😞

Meanwhile, the Checklist I will use to assess your Final Inquiry Project is located in our VCUTHINK folder. It’s entitled FIPChecklist. Please refer to it as you design and develop your Project.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of awesomeness soon!

P.S. The “awesomeness” below –The Raven and the First Men – was created by Bill Reid, commissioned by the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.

Raven & The First Men, Bill Reid, UBC, MOA

 Note: All pictures belong to me, Yin Wah Kreher. If you would like to use any of them for educational reasons, please kindly attribute where you took these pictures from.

Mod 3 Activities

A gentle reminder about a few assignments to catch up on. If you have completed them, ignore this note then. Power Reflection 7 is due tonight but with Rampages being down 2 days, you get an extension of the deadline (till Monday July 27). But don’t tarry. You have a Final Inquiry Project to finish up.

  • This course is ending. It’s time to make your blog look more professional and spiffy if this is going to be part of an e-portfolio and something you include on your resume for potential employers to review.
  • Here’s some tips to make it look more polished:
    • Change the blog theme. On your dashboard, look under Appearance and preview other themes. Choose one that improves the presentation for an external audience.
    • Review your posts. Check the content, grammar, spelling, titles and details that need revision. I’ve requested for certain blog posts to be revised. Now is the time to improve before the final grading is set. Check the document in your individual folders for feedback.
    • Catch up on missing assignments.

Tweeting to connect with others beyond this course (By SundayThurs July 19 23, 10 points that count towards 30%):

    • Some of you are learning to interact on Twitter with our own learning community, that’s good but my hope is that you’ll find some amazing people, beyond our little group, who will become part of your Professional Learning Network, just as I have found mine.
      Image by Sylvia Duckworth on How to Grow a Personal Learning Network

      Thanks to Sylvia Duckworth for sharing tips on growing a Personal Learning Network, planting the seeds, nourishing the crop, weeding, harvesting the crop and re-generating the crop by harvesting & rescattering.

      You have 2.5 weeks left in this course to learn to connect with other folks beyond our little group. Remember this is part of your Community Connect (30%). H/T (Hat-tip to Stephanie for sharing the following tip!)

  • If you haven’t yet, (1) start following at least 10 people in your profession or fields of interest.
  • (2) Follow at least one Twitter chat, live or after it’s over:

    Check out Twitter Chats 101 to learn how and where to take part in a Twitter Chat. Chat Salad is the place to go to find chats that are currently happening or taking place in the near future.

  • (3) Lurk (participate on the side quietly if it’s going on LIVE, see how others tweet or chat on Twitter) or read the Twitter stream after it’s over. Even if it’s over, you can still join and add to the conversation at a later time.
  • (4)  Add a tweet to the conversation. HOW?
    • You can retweet, favorite a tweet, or quote a tweet and add a comment to the tweet. Refer to The Story of a Tweet for more information.
  • (5) Embed at least 2 of your retweets/quoted tweets with comments/new tweets with newfound followers/users on Twitter in your Reflect6 blog post. Here’s how to do it:
    • Click on the … (3 dots/More) on your tweet(s).
    • Select Embed Tweet from the dropdown menu.
    • Copy the code.
    • Paste the code in your blog post when writing about it.
    • Done!
  • Happy learning from and with others beyond this course!
  • This is the last Power Reflection of this course. It is a self-assessment of what and how you have learned.
  • I would like to ask you to assess yourself on the core questions of this course + the other questions below them:
    • Overarching Course Goals

      The core questions we will explore throughout this course are:

      • What is clarity in thinking?
      • Why do we make our thinking visible?
      • What is a thinking disposition? How do we develop thinking dispositions?
      • How do we make our thinking visible and clear? What are some visible thinking strategies we can employ to improve the clarity of our thinking?
      • How do we talk about thinking in such a way as to make it visible and significant?
      • How do we move from clear thinking into powerful learning for positive action and community engagement?
    • In 7 weeks (a very compressed time), what steps have you taken to explore most/all of these questions in our time together? What makes you say so?
    • What is one Diigo reading that stretched your thinking? (Review of Diigo questions was last week’s assignment which I scrapped.)
    • What would you like to do after this course to further your understanding of our course topics?
    • What are some questions you still have as a result of this course?
  • Assign the category VCUTHINK to this reflection. Assign the tag REFLECT7 to this post.
  • Publish the post.

Updated: July 26, 2015, 10:45 PM

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