Getting Started

Do these things right away:

1. Join the Slack backchannel

Make a post in the #introductions channel. Tell us why you’re in the ONID program. Once we begin, the majority of communication from your instructor will come through this Slack workspace. Participation in this is critical to the value of our efforts as a cohort.

You may think of this backchannel as a space where we carry on the kinds of interactions that happen in a physical classroom – general discussions, clarifications regarding assignments, questions about procedures or due dates, modifications to assignments, links to new resources, requests for help, or general observations and suggestions.

This community is private by design and is limited to the enrolled course members. You’re encouraged to contribute openly and frankly, within guidelines of normal etiquette and professional demeanor.


2. Post to the introductory Flipgrid

Introduce yourself in the two Flipgrid topics. Tell us:

  • What you can see from your window right now.
  • What restaurant you would take the rest of the cohort to dinner at if we visited you.
3. Read the course syllabus

Make sure that you are prepared to take this class by reading the syllabus. Email the instructor with any questions.

4. Complete Doodle Poll

Complete this Doodle poll for scheduling our first optional synchronous session, which will be held between August 27th and 29th.

Course Structure

There are four main components to this course in addition to this course website.

Blackboard will be used for submitting and checking grades.
raindropioicon is a social bookmarking service. We will use it to gather, share and organize readings via tags.

Your portfolio will catalog your work toward your M.Ed. in Online Innovation and Design and be used for peer review within the cohort.

Threading us all together into a cohesive group is a Slack workspace, our own private community.

Optional Synchronous Sessions

This course is asynchronous. As long as you participate actively with the cohort and meet deadlines, I cannot require you to do anything at any particular time.

Nice, right? Well, yes, but it also can be very nice to hear others’ voices and see their faces. I will schedule at least two optional Google Hangout sessions throughout the semester, based on everyone’s availability. These will not last longer than 30 minutes. As an incentive, I will offer 1% extra credit for each session attended, up to two sessions total.

If you intend to join, and I do encourage you to do so, please complete the following before that meeting:

  1. Make sure you have a functional webcam and microphone.
  2. Carefully read the Cohort page. This is a critical element of the course. If you are not an active participant in the cohort as described, you will not be successful in this course.
  3. Check the Map & Schedule page to get an idea of the structure of the course and the general timeline for getting your assignments completed.
The link to the Hangout is permanently published on the Cohort page or you may access it directly here: