6. FAQs for Using the Online Classroom
Please be conscientious about where you submit your activity. Submitting to the proper location helps maintain the fluidity and chronology of the dialogue you are creating with your fellow students. It will make it easier to find specific activities so that you may comment on each other's work.
It may be helpful to familiarize yourself with the terminology of the classroom before getting started:
Discussion Posts: these are short, usually one paragraph responses that other students may reply. A Forum is a collection of discussion posts. A Thread is a chain of discussion posts that others have added to by commenting on an original discussion post. These are often used to express an opinion, and form dialogues by commenting and adding to those opinions of others.
Blogs: blogs are multi-paragraph, more in-depth analysis or response to a topic. Blogs are like short essays, though they are generally around 500 words long. Blogs may also include videos, pictures or graphs to support the argument. Proper citations of sources should be included in blog posts.
Gallery: is where you can post videos or images. You will also find a collection of resource videos that may provide additional support for understanding the concepts. Unfortunately, you can only post one photo at a time. We appreciate it if you share your experience with us as much as possible. If you do not have the time to upload the photos one by one please send them to Rachael Bell-Irving from Ocean Wise in a google drive and she can upload them on your behalf.
When posting a blog or discussion post, please format the title as follows: Activity Number: Title, City. (For example 1C. Shoreline Cleanup, Vancouver). This will help us all stay on track with the current activities and know which posts to reply to
The online classroom is designed to be a collaborative and open working space for students to share their ideas and opinions in order to create tangible solutions for Canada's greatest environmental problems. As future consumers, world leaders, and change-makers of the world, the youth voice is now more important than ever.
We expect all participants to remain respectful to each other as peers and as changemakers. While opinions may differ, the collaboration between your diverse ideas and perspectives is vital to creating this national dialogue. Although students are encouraged to work together in groups to submit to activities, all of your individual opinions and voices are important to this project. Active participation in all activities, commenting on other students' contributions is expected.