Participation Requirements

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The learning philosophy of our program is “collaborative knowledge production.” Instead of lectures, you review weekly “admin updates,” which include videos, links to key readings, and synopses of our thinking in our recent books. In the spirit of the “flipped classroom,” we can then devote all of our interaction time to dialogue based on work you have undertaken in your own professional practice or research you have done about other educational practices.

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Admin Updates (comment on 7 or more)

Comment on all the admin updates (7 or more).
Review the videos and readings in the weekly “admin updates” (see topics in the Weekly Course Schedule) and make a comment of 50 words or more on each of the discussion topics, found in the admin updates.

  • Please read others’ comments, and feel free to interact with them, either below their comment or speaking to them via the @ button.
  • The admin updates are posted in the course community in CGScholar and can be found by filtering on Updates by Admins, by selecting the update menu behind the community name on the left, then the filter option in the dark blue bar on the right, then choose “Admins.”
Your Updates (create 5)

Create 5 updates (in total throughout the course) based on the prompts of the Admin Updates.

Connection with course ideas: Each update must explicitly connect with an idea or reference introduced in the admin update with which it is connected. 

There are more admin updates than updates that you need to create. Choose the 5 areas that interest you.

Where to post them: Post the updates in the Course Community of CGScholar, not on your personal profile page. You will find the ‘Updates’ menu behind the name of the community.
Notice: Updates on your personal profile page are not captured by the Analytics, whereas updates from the community page go to all community members and contribute to your Analytics score for the course.

What to include:

  • Describe an idea or example based on the admin update prompt. This might be a description of innovative practice (your own or others’), an overview and reflection of an educational research report, a description and critical analysis of a new learning technology or curriculum, etc.
  • Refer to at least one scholarly reference (peer-reviewed journal article or scholarly book) in each update and add an Annotated Bibliography entry.

Words: Each update should be 200 words or more.

Media: Include at least one media element (e.g., images of figures or tables, embedded video with captioned source), and web links to relevant sources. If you have a PDF of the academic article or book, include that in the update.

Comment on peers’ updates (comment on 15)

Comment on at least 3 other participants’ updates each week (15 in total).

  • Write comments of 50 words or more to peer updates.
  • Join others in discussion who may have already commented with @Name. Try to comment on different people’s updates each week. 
  • Try to respond to updates with your peers’ oral presentation recordings.
Oral/Video presentation

Give a 2-5 minute “lightning talk” about one of your updates or published Works. Begin with a brief introduction about yourself.

Work 1 and Work 2 (2 Peer-Reviewed Projects)

Complete 2 “Works” in the Creator area, the 1st with a conceptual or theoretical focus, the 2nd with an empirical or applied focus.

Each Work must explicitly connect with an idea/concept introduced in the course in some meaningful way.

For more info about Works:

Peer Reviews (Complete 6)

Complete approximately 6 peer reviews (in total throughout the course) for both Work 1 and 2.

  • Notifications and links to the works that you need to review are sent after the first version deadline.
    Note: If other students submit their work late, you may receive peer-review assignments at a later date, even after the peer review week.  Please complete those as soon as you can.
  • Each peer-review includes Annotations and Review comments & ratings based on each of the rubric criteria (different tabs in the feedback area in Creator).
  • Review comments:
    • Each review should be 200 words or more in total for all the rubric criteria
  • Annotations:
    • Include at least 15 coded annotations (the coded annotations refer to the 3-letter codes found on the Rubric; these are manually recorded in analytics at the end of the term)
    • Include at least 5 non-coded annotations beyond the 15 coded annotations. 

For more info about the peer reviews, check the Peer Review Process & Instructions page.

Revision of Works (2)

Submit the revised version of your Work 1 and Work 2.

  • Use peer feedback thoughtfully to make changes to your first version.
  • Your final work will then undergo a course admin (TA and instructor) review and be published to your CGScholar profile as well as to the course community.
  • Note: If you discover that you need to make changes after you submit your final version, please save your work as a new version and then contact the Teaching Assistant.
Give Feedback to your Reviewers

Review and rate your peers’ feedback to your own works.

  • Provide feedback to your peer reviewers and help them become better and stronger reviewers.
  • Each ‘Overall Feedback on Feedback’ should be 200 words or more.
Self Reviews

Write 2 self-reviews (one for each final version of your Works) reflecting on the ways in which you have revised your work.

  • Use the same Feedback mechanism used to complete your peer reviews.
  • Review yourself according to the rubric. Annotations are not required.
  • Reflect on how you applied your peers’ feedback. 
    Which peer feedback did you apply and why?
    How did your thinking evolve from version to version?
  • Write this review for the final version of your work.
  • Please complete the self-review before submitting the final version of your work.
Live Sessions

Attendance in the Monday live sessions is encouraged, but optional.

If you are unable to attend the live session, you should watch the recording of the session at your own time and comment on the recorded presentations posted by your peers.


Course Participation Checklist (Printable)