Videos to inspire course designs

Writing together

We’ll use a Currents Community (part of Chico State’s Google Suite of apps) to share writing.

Instructions for joining Currents on the Getting Started page.

Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Instructions for joining Perusall on the Getting Started page.

Session 2 (Feb 24)

Session 2 (Feb 24)

Masquerade by Ashley Penning

Welcome to Wednesday, Feb 24

A plan:

  • Kim briefly introduce designs for participation; indicators of change in participation.
  • 30 minutes Reading & Discussions
    • Read in Perusall and comment (you can respond to colleagues’ comments too). Link to Perusall (if you have not joined yet: instructions below)
    • Or, join small break-out room and discuss reading
      • Choose a concept/practice from the reading; talk with each other about how the idea might inform your course designs. (For example, what might it look like in your class to design for “flexibility, choice, and empowerment” or for students to “co-design their own learning” (17). Perhaps people can talk through how they are already designing for choice or flexibility.)
  • Back together: new small groups
    • What are our current design challenges? What could we help each other solve?
    • From Hecht’s talk, what are our indicators of success or participation? How do we notice the ways our class structures might get in the way for students? Are there indicators other than missed classes or missed assignments?

Joining Perusall

  • Go to,
  • Click Login, and then either log in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account, or create an account using your email address and password.
  • Select I am a student and enter our course code JAXON-ZET2C.

Link to the article we’re reading today outside of Perusall.

For next time (March 10):

Try to trace participation in one of your class sessions.

Who talks? Who participates in the chat? What are the deliverables (perhaps a shared doc or slide deck or something they make together)? Who does not seem like they’re part of your class community?

Or, what might we learn from a class survey (ask them how things are going? ask about class structures: what is working and what is not working as well)? Share some results with us next time.

Or, try out something in your class and let us know how it went. A new activity, structure, assignment?

We’ll do some writing together to start off our next session.

Resources That Might Help Right Now

Teaching Guides From FDEV

QLT Workshops: Workshop 4: Student Engagement (Christine Sharrio)
Thursday, March 4 or Wednesday April 14, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Next Friday Forum, March 26, 10:00-11:00 Student Engagement Challenge

Conversation and resources for building community in digital spaces. Webinar below. Link to additional resources from the webinar here.

Kim Jaxon’s “Course Design for the Now Times” and “Rescuing Student Participation Through Digital Platforms.”

Mike Wesch YouTube Channel: Mike offers a series focused on “teaching without walls.” Ideas for engaging students offline and simple video ideas.