[[]Glad you made it to the "Define Your Program" forum. Share Coaching Plans here.

When you're ready to post your brochure (or slideshow):

  • Make sure you have saved your file to your computer so that you can browse your computer and upload the file to the wiki
  • Use the "Editor" tool bar above and click on the Insert images and files icon above (square with image of a tree).
  • Click on the browse button to find the file that you want to upload to this page.
  • Make sure that your name(s) are either in the file name or on the product that you created

To reply to a peer's brochure or slide show, click on the Discussion tab and write a thoughtful response to one of the products. Make sure to reference the participants name(s) and/orname of product in your response. Make sure that you also include your name, For ideas on crafting good online posts and building online community, see “Welcome & 7 Tips for Online Posts."

Seven Tips for Online Posts
1. Go gently into that good post.
Online no one can see your comment-softening facial expressions or hear the warm tone in your voice. Be gentle with your written comments. Know that sarcasm, irony, and even humor often backfire online.
2. Address the group, not individuals.
It builds community to write, “When Jim says he likes the NASA site, I wonder what others have done with it.” It may be more natural to write “Jim, loved your example,” but directly addressing an individual excludes others. When in doubt, group it!
3. Invite discussion with your subject line.
The discussion board automatically titles replies “Re: [Prior Subject Line]”, which invites participants to skip posts. Write inviting subjects, e.g., “Online movies of migrating salmon.”
4. When addressing roadblocks or analyzing ideas, paraphrase first.
Because it’s easy to misinterpret online posts, it’s always a good idea to paraphrase before you start thinking through a roadblock or analyzing an idea.
5. Read something you like in a post? Offer specifics, not empty praise.
Saying “Good point!” doesn’t advance the discussion, but “Love the way you compare moon rock data from the three sources—I’ll try them all and report” does.
6. To deepen the discussion, explain YOUR thinking process.
Online, attacking others’ ideas or even asking a ton of questions can undermine collaboration. What does work is to explore your thinking process, ideas and assumptions, and differences between your and others’ assumptions.
7. To REALLY deepen discussion, conclude with ONE clarifying or probing question.
If you’ve paraphrased someone’s main idea, offered specific praise for something you liked in the person’s post, and explained your own thinking process, you’ve gone a long way toward deepening discussion. To conclude, if there’s a natural question you can ask at the end of your post—to clarify a difference in assumptions or to probe an assumption—that question can really deepen discussion. ----
For more ideas about deepening discussion online, see Haavind, S., Why don’t face-to-face teaching strategies work in the virtual classroom? available at http://www.concord.org/newsletter/2000fall/face2face.html

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