Chapter 7 – Sustaining the Momentum
Chapter 7 discusses the making of virtual learning communities. Also, how to keep people engaged and interacting, in other words, sustaining the momentum. One way in sustaining the momentum is with appreciative inquiry. Appreciative inquiry is where learners learn from a “what if”, or strengths, perspective. This method helps sustain the momentum of virtual learning communities because it allows the participants to consider each other’s’ ideas and perspectives. From there they can start asking questions and start conversations. An example of a model for appreciative inquiry is a cycle that it continuous that begins with discover (share stories with each other), then onto dream (everyone envisions the future), then to design (creates designs for the organization) and then to destiny (everyone puts the changes into effect).
Another method besides appreciative inquiry is action research. Action research usually occurs in the school setting, but is also capable of occurring in online communities too. This method is performed by a learning and doing mentality. The steps that take place in action research is to identify what the issue is. Then gather information and data about the issue. From there interpret the information that has been collected and form an intervention. After that step the collected data to see if the intervention was successful. From there the cycle starts again.
Chapter 7 mentions that in communities it is important to understand the concerns of the participants. There have been 7 stages associated with how some may feel. 1. Awareness. 2. Informational. 3. Personal. 4. Management. 5. Consequence. 6. Collaboration. 7. Refocusing. From there, there has been 8 levels to creates to help participants to focus on change. These 8 levels are 1. Nouse, no action taken. 2. Orientation, gathering information. 3. Preparation, planning ways to incorporate. 4. Mechanics, concerned with mechanics. 5. Routine, implementing with comfort. 6. Refinement, looking way to improve. 7. Integration, collaborating with others. 8. Renewal, investigating new innovative ways to implement.
As a future educator I find this chapter important to implement into my teachings. I found it to be very interesting the 7 stages on how an individual may feel. This has made me more aware to look for the stages in my students. I will have virtual learning communities where I make sure to keep the momentum going, by having the participants engaging, asking questions and working together to form ideas.
How has chapter 7 changed your view towards your major?