Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Course Congruence: What’s so Important about Ducks?

Earlier this year Beth Cougler Blom mentioned a conversation she had with Suzanne Flannigan, a faculty member in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University.

Suzanne has done some fascinating work around cultural congruence. I suggested to her that you two should speak!
I was intrigued by the topic and how it might fit with our Facilitating Learning Online series, and I had already witnessed Suzanne in action as an active and exemplary participant in those workshops. I knew it would be enlightening! I connected with Suzanne to find out more.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Suzanne told a story about "losing a window" at the beginning of a course, then struggling later to find ways to reintroduce herself. She went on to explain group formation and how it is impacted by both the course design, and the facilitation right from the get-go. I scribbled notes and kept thinking wow, this is important. And complex. How can we learn more?

I invited Suzanne to share her research and ideas, and engage us in some thinking around cultural congruence in our upcoming Facilitator Development Workshop (FDO) May 1 - 12, 2017. Despite being crazy busy with her own teaching, she agreed.


“Ducks” by Jam Smooth is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Course Congruence: What’s so Important about Ducks? 

When: Tuesday, May 2,  12:00 - 1:00
Facilitator: Suzanne Flannigan (bio)

We’ll discuss the cultural congruence of a course, why it is important and what you can do to increase congruence in your own courses. 

a. In what ways does the design of your course reinforce the learning outcomes of your course? 
b. What are the five most common written words used in your course (not including articles or prepositions)?

This web conference is hosted by the Educational Technology Users Group and the FLO Facilitator Development Community.

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