Communities: end of week summary
It seems to me that the way I envisage communities in real life can easily be applied to an online environnement.
To me a community can be build via formal and informal activities.
Formal: Activities related to the learning of the MSc: discussion board, weekly announcements AND at the same time create spaces for the students to talk to one another without an explicit relation to the course. I like what someone said on the video: Two spaces: formal (weekly forums) and informal (for people just to say hi and say how excited they are, e.g. social forums and general discussion forums). Informal could be on FB, or even forums on LEARN. We could have a pub quizz a pub quizz related to translation theory at the end of semester 1.
Students should also be encouraged to organise their own events.
A world map padlet before induction (Couple of weeks before induction), a quiz before Xmas, film screenings with discussions as part of the research seminars.
Examples of exercises for community building: