Week 14: Grand Finale – Reflections on the #OpenLearning17 experience

This week we conclude our #OpenLearning17 journey with some strategic reflection on what went well, what we learned, and what we plan to do with our new understanding and knowledge in the future.

Monday, April 24, 2017: Self Assessment

  • To start the week and set the scene, please complete the #OpenLearning17 self assessment if you haven’t done so already.  It should take approximately 20 minutes.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to Thursday, April 27, 2017: Reflective Writing & Conversation

  • As part of your reflective process, we invite you to write a blog post on the following question: How will your experience in #OpenLearning affect your teaching practice or scholarship? Why?
  • We also invite you to participate in an asynchronous Twitter discussion on the following: Of all your blogging contributions to #openlearning17, which post is the most meaningful to you? Why?  Please include a link to the post in your tweet (along with the course hashtag) so that we can all read your most excellent work.

Friday, April 28, 2017, 4-5 p.m. EDT: How Has Open Learning ‘17 Mattered?


  • To conclude our 14-week learning experience,we will host a Hangout On Air livestreamed discussion with Susan Albertine, leader of AAC&U’s Faculty Collaboratives initiative, and other Open Learning ‘17 participants. The discussion, moderated by Hub Director Gardner Campbell, will focus on lessons learned from #OpenLearning17, as well as possible futures for Virginia’s Faculty Collaboratives Innovation Hub. Please use #openlearning17 as the hashtag for our Twitter backchannel during this discussion. 

Post written by Laura Gogia and Steve Greenlaw.
Edited for openlearninghub.net by hub director Gardner Campbell


Here at the end of this first iteration of our connectivist learning experience, we want to be sure you are aware of how the materials we have created together might be used in the future.

The #OpenLearning17 goals are outlined on openlearninghub.net/about:

  1. To design and provide a helpful and stimulating learning experience for all participants that results in measurable improvement in the use of digital affordances and sustainable professional development connections across Virginia and other areas.
  2. To create materials that support development and stimulate further learning aligned with effective, innovative teaching and learning in higher education
  3. To align Virginia’s hub with the broader goals and ethos of the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project
  4. To achieve these goals within an open, sustainable, online framework for connected learning

As you can see, the materials created during #OpenLearning17 have always been intended to be useful resources on an ongoing basis. To that end, openlearninghub.net will continue to exist after the course is over, and we hope folks will continue to add to the resources there. Reflections on blog posts, tweets, videos, you name it: the site is designed to be a hub that preserves, presents, and generates resources.

As part of our participation in the Faculty Collaboratives initiative, we have always intended also to use these materials to help us assess the outcomes of the course. We will undertake that assessment beginning next week, with a brief survey we hope you will complete. We will also be looking at the resources on openlearninghub.net, analyzing them both qualitatively and quantitatively to help us understand what worked, what didn’t work, and how we might improve this experience for future participants. This is an internal assessment, and will be shared with the Steering Committee and the AAC&U.

It is also possible that these co-created materials would prove useful in a larger scholarly research project in the future. We understand that not everyone will be comfortable with the idea of their work being analyzed and presented for these purposes. To that end, and to honor the spirit of AOIR guidelines, we want to be sure you know you can choose not to be part of any such research projects. This “opt out” requires you to notify Gardner Campbell, hub director, of your desire to exclude your contributions from any such project, to the extent possible. To opt out, simply contact Gardner by email at gardner.campbell AT gmail.com (substitute @ for AT). Gardner will record your request and do his very best to be sure your materials are excluded from externally presented research projects.

Of course we very much hope you will choose to be part of research connected with our experience and presented to external audiences. Our Virginia Faculty Collaboratives initiative is unique, and we hope it will provide unique value to all who have participated and to all who seek to understand the experience and its design more deeply. But the choice is yours. If you would prefer for us not to collect and analyze your materials for the purpose of understanding and describing the #OpenLearning17 experience to other educators, then we respect your decision.  If you choose to opt out, please let Gardner know your decision by May 31, 2017.

And once again: thank you for being part of #OpenLearning17. It has been an honor and a privilege to go on this journey with you!


For the Steering Committee