Student Employee Learning Communities

This page outlines an Internet based learning activity using learning communities.

Learning Activity Overview:

This learning activity will allow student union student employee to work with other student employees from various other institutions.  The student will work in an all-online classroom settings within the learning communities.  There will be several learning communities that will cover various disciplines (covered below in detail) allowing for specific skills to be learned.  Each community will have 1-3 professional staff volunteering as instructors or moderators to allow for continued dialogue.  The students and communities will be assessed to make sure the students are progressing and the communities continue improve.

Learning Outcomes:

These learning outcomes will guide the learning community instructors.  They are specific to the overall learning activity but each community can create specific one for their discipline.

  1. Student employees will learn to work within a community of practice.
  2. Student employees will learn to critique both themselves and others in a constructive manner.
  3. Student employees will learn to initiate conversations to create dialogue among peers.

About Learning Communities:

For this learning activity “learning communities” are used just like communities of practice but are moderated by an instructor.  Here is a video to better describe committees of practice:

Types of Learning Communities:

The learning communities will be made of student employees from withing student unions.  Each learning community will focus on a different employee discipline:

Building Managers:

Building Manager

Graphic Designers:

Graphic Design

Schedulers:

room schedule

Audio/Visual Technicians:

AV Tech

Programmers:

Progreammers

Online Classrooms – Technology Used

All the learning within this activity will take place on-line.  A virtual classroom.  There will be no traditional, physical classroom lessons, though group video conferencing may be a worth-while component.  Here are few applications that will be used to either facilitate the learning communities or enhance the activities used in the communities.

Platform for Facilitation:

Google Groups: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/46601?hl=en – Used to create the actual forums.  Historical data and posts can be stored, new posts and issues discussed and activities handout by the instructors.

Wiki-Spaces: https://www.wikispaces.com/content/private-label/higher-ed – Used to create a “Wiki” for each community.  They will be edited by the students and updated to reflect changes that come with the times. 

Platforms for Activity Enhancement:

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/ – Used to share designs or other materials.  The images can be uploaded for critique by the communities. 

Fotobabble: http://www.fotobabble.com/ – Used to create marketing campaigns or training presentations.  

Prezi: https://prezi.com/ – Another tool to create campaigns and presentations.  

Google Drive: http://www.google.com/drive/features.html – An easy way to share documents to a selected group of people.  The documents can also be worked on simultaneously from remote locations. 

Assessment:

The assessment technique used for the learning communities will be formative techniques.  Opposed to summative techniques that are using techniques based on a set standard to reward points, formative techniques assess the progress of the students.  The same techniques can be used to assess the learning communities to make sure they are providing the service desired.

Here is a good website with a simple breakdown of the differences between the two techniques: www.cmu.edu/teaching/assessment/basics/formative-summative.html

Here is a simple list of formative assessment tasks that can be done in a classroom or adapted to be used in the online setting: 60 Tasks for Formative Assessment

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