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E-tivities – Salmon’s 5 stage approach

After shelling out for Salmon’s book ‘E-tivities’, I was a little disappointed by the stick drawings and somewhat obtuse description of the importance of social interaction for effective online learning.

From the hype on the back cover I was expecting a no-nonsense A-Z of activities that are known to have worked and how to set them up. Although the book does contain such examples later on, there is an extensive pre-amble which I feel would have been better included as an appendix.

The 5 stage model could be broken down as follows:

1. Assume zero experience of online interaction (esp. tech aspects)

On H807, many participants expressed issues that affected contributions (time constraints, losing the thread of discussions, dislike of social interaction through DBs). This is a tricky one to manage, but for the ‘digital native’ participants I teach, I feel I can assume a certain level of familiarity with SNS (FB etc), email and chat functions i.e. MSN messenger.

2. Include plenty of short GTKY (Get to know you) activities to build
relationships and build up to participants sharing info.

This is nothing different to what I do every day in the f-t-f
classroom – the question is HOW to do this online, especially with
non native speakers of English with zero motivation to write in
English (Arabic learners). I have a few ideas, but would like to learn
more from concrete examples.

3. By stage 3. tutors should have a ‘hands off’ approach and learners
should be involved with supporting each others’ learning.

This has been the case on H807, where Anne seems to
have complied with the 5 stage model.

4. Participants progress to ‘higher order thinking skills’ and start to
produce their own materials

The ECA is an example of how support is gradually
withdrawn and we are on our own, ideally supporting each other –
in reality not much, it seems.

5. Participants are independent learners and able to assist others.

I have enjoyed this part of the course most – as I have mentioned a
couple of times, I have learned more practical tips through
folksonomy than through directed reading.

Right, now I’d better read the book I suppose…

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