5 Goals to Build Community

We're super excited about this semester's theme "Building a Community of Learners." Building students who love, serve, and teach one another regardless of time, space, culture, etc, is a hallmark of a BYU-Idaho student. Perhaps this is what Pres. Eyring meant when he said "those graduates of BYU-Idaho will become legendary for their capacity to build the people around them..." (A Steady Upward Course.)

This week we set our goals for the semester. Have you tried setting a goal based on the semester theme? Did you know that the theme each semester includes ideas for engaging with the theme? We believe these ideas/activities could make excellent development goals for instructors. Below are a few of ideas shared in the theme presentation to help you jumpstart your creativity and ambition to improve your community-building skills.

  1. Study 1-2 of the resources shared in the theme presentation and start a discussion in the Online Instruction Community.
  2. Write a blog post in the Instruction Community about synergy and how it can be developed in teachers and/or students.
  3. Teach your students community-building principles that BYU-Idaho believes are the hallmark of a BYU-Idaho education.
  4. Write a blog post in the Instruction Community sharing research and thoughts about how the Community of Inquiry Framework can be used to build a community of learners.
  5. Arrange to observe one or more instructors' class and have them observe yours. Then share your best practices. You can do this within your teaching group, course group, or in the Community at large.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more in the theme. We hope you'll check it out this week and start to make community-building a focus for this semester. (Click the image above to view the theme in its entirety.)

Do you have other ideas for goals related to this theme? Share them below.

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  • Hi Dave, 

     I really like the theme for this semester. The Community of Inquiry Framework is something that I have been studying lately! My goal for this semester is framed around the semester theme so I am excited to jump in an be a more active participant in our learning community. 

    • That sounds like a great plan, Daina! =] 

  • Thanks David.  I'm excited to observe my TGL and another instructor in my teaching group and learn from them.  I already have new ideas I have learned and using in my course this week. 

    A few of my students are getting emails from their "mentors" in the Starfish program.  It will be interesting to see how this works out. I think this program goes along with the theme this semester too. 

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