Our Community of Practice read and discussed Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model and thought about how we could use it with our mobile projects. It’s a great flexible framework to use to scaffold students into online/mobile learning environments. It does take time to go through all of the stages, but as Salmon’s research over the last decade or so shows, you need access and motivation before people are comfortable to socialise, they need to socialise before they are comfortable to exchange information – and so on – until they are happily co-constructing knowledge and developing their learning outside the confines of the LMS.
A free e-book that has great learning activities is Adding Some TEC Variety by Curtis Bonk and Elaine Khoo. I’m not so familiar with this one, but it has a lot of great ideas in it to motivate learners.
Thanks Gilly, Curtis and Elaine for your research and for writing and publishing it so that we and our learners can benefit.