Welcome to #DigPINS!
#DigPINS is a cohort based faculty and staff online learning community designed to introduce and expand how connected digital environments impact pedagogy, identity, networks and scholarship.
What is Week 0? Week 0 is just a fun name to give the time before the learning community activities actually start where we will give some orientation information.
There are no activities during Week 0 though we encourage cohort participants to at least gain login access to twitter and the blog and to reach out to facilitators with questions during this time. Week 0 may be of more importance to those who are new to #DigPINS and working in connected learning and online environments.
Setting Learning Goals
Having a clear goal is part of being successful in this kind of learning community. As Yogi Berra said, “you can observe a lot just by watching,” but you’ll learn more if you set some targets for tools you’d like to try out, topics you’d like to explore, or activities you’d like to do. So we encourage you, in these early weeks, to spend some time thinking about your goals for the next month of #DigPINS.
You can share those goals on your blog post, in the backchannel, or privately with the facilitator or some other cohort members.
Building an Online Community
In the weeks that follow we will explore the possibilities of using digital tools to extend, expand, and further connect our community to each other and beyond.
Working in partnership
Note that this site (usm.digpins.org) is the public hub for those participating in the University of Southern Maine (USM) cohort.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, St. Norbert College, and Kenyon College will have their own cohorts with their own public hubs.
The content info for each focus area (pedagogy, identity, networks, and scholarship) that lists activities and content may slightly differ between hubs. Cohorts will also author blog posts only on their public hub. Members of the USM cohort will blog on this site.
Facilitators for each school are:
Autumm Caines: St. Norbert College
Joe Murphy: Kenyon College
Damien Michaud: University of Southern Maine
Taylor Jadin: St. Norbert College
Week 0 focus areas
Besides this high level overview information these following pages focus in on helpful information about #DigPINS
Structure – What is a connected learning experience?