Unit 3 | Ways of Organizing for Digital Learning – Groups, Nets, Sets, Communities, Collectives


In Unit 3, you will focus on developing your ability to critically define, assess, and analyse the various ways social forms of learning are organized. We will define and examine various organizational structures for digital learning, identify and analyse the challenges and opportunities these structures have on the creation of learning environments, and use case studies to analyse how digital identity and presence are impacted by the organizational structures that are used to bound the learning environment.

Learning Activities and Assignments

  • Read the Unit 3 readings; review and analyze various digital learning organizational approaches (groups, nets, sets, communities, collectives).
  • Reflect on the impact these structures have on your plan for digital presence and digital identity.
  • Create a visual of your own network that identifies where you are situated and how are you situated.
  • Complete Assignment 2: Debate (Team).
  • Complete peer and self assessment for Assignment 2.
  • Participate in interactive discussions.

And we are off!

Unit 3 – Activity 1 – Readings

Read Unit 3 readings and reflect on the impact structures such as (groups, nets, sets, communities, collectives) have on your plan for the creation of your digital presence and digital identity. Post your 200 word reflection on your blog and remember to cite any literature you use to support your points and provide references at the end of your post for any works cited (APA format of course )

Unit 3 – Activity 2 – Visual Network Mapping

Create a visual of your own network that identifies where you are situated and how are you situated.

How are you “connected” with others? We talk about networks and communities in this course, but what would those look like if you were to draw or map them? What would your map of connections look like?

Conduct some research on networks to gain some insight into potential visuals (e.g., by searching google images). Perhaps take a look back at the work of one of our Virtual Symposium speakers Dave Cormier for some ideas.  Imagining that you are a node in a network of other nodes (people), what would your network look like? Create a visual of this network and share it on your blog with a post that describes what it is that your visual shows and represents. Here are some examples of LinkedIn networks through visualized through automated software NodeXL or Kumu or other network mapping tool you can find (and share your find with us!

Unit 3 – Activity 3 | Assignment 2: Debate (team activity)

For this assignment, you will be organized into debate teams to critically discuss a topic relevant to organizational structures of digital learning environments. The debate will be carried out asynchronously, through structured posts and responses in Assignment 2 Debate discussion forum in the companion Moodle shell for this course.

For the debate topic, you will be divided into groups for and against the motion. Each group has been assigned a specific aspect of the formal debate to be responsible for (initial argument, formal rebuttal, judgement). Please see the Course Community block in the Moodle site for your teams. You can connect to plot and plan in a way that works of your team – perhaps a google doc, one of the tools you used in The Link (Basecamp, Asana, Samepage, Trello or Slack) or in a private team discussions forum in the Moodle site.

Specific guidelines around roles and responsibilities of the different teams and subgroups are provided in the Assignment 2 description, and are intended to create even division of work, with each person developing a post, and participating in the open debate (scrum) following formal rebuttals. Please review the Course Schedule for dates for the debate as timing is everything in this activity. 🙂


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